Governor John Kasich has signed a law that bans texting, making it illegal for any drivers under the age of 18 to use electronics while driving.
If pulled over or if an accident is caused by texting behind the wheel minors could be looking at a primary offence. Anyone above the age of 18 can risk a secondary offence if they choose to break the new law.
AkronNewsNow talks with State Highway Patrol Director of Communication, Joe Andrews and he has a message for drivers. "If theres something so important that you have to send a text message when your are diving you need to pull over and do it, otherwise it's obvious it takes your eyes away from the highway and that where your eyes need to be at all times" says Andrews.
Andrews says that it'll have the be obvious the driver is texting or was distracted before an accident for an officer to enforce the law.
It's estimated that if you text while behind the wheel your chances of getting into a crash or near crash are increased by 20.
It will take 90 days for the law to be taken into effect and there has been no specific training planned to detect texting drivers.