Ohio introduces Hands-Free Ohio bill

Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 2:37 PM EST
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Ohio Governor Mike Dewine has announced the details of a bill that will discourage drivers from using their phones while on the roadways

The Hands-Free Ohio bill will make using any electronic wireless device while driving a primary offense.

This means that law enforcement can now pull over drivers for using their phones, whereas previously, they had to be pulled over for a primary offense such as speeding or going left of center.

They could then write a ticket for using a device if that was found to be the cause of the primary violation.

The bill also increases the penalties for these offenses.

Fines will be higher, and cases where distracted drivers cause serious injury or death will be treated similarly to drunken driving cases.

Law enforcement officers have been instructed to give warnings for the first six months after the bill is signed.

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