At the end of this week, drivers in Ohio may experience a rude awakening if they insist on texting while at the wheel. That’s because a warning period on a recently passed texting and driving ban will cease. Starting March 1, anyone caught engaging in the dangerous practice could instead find themselves on the receiving end of a $150 ticket. Adults are subject to the law as a secondary offense, but teens younger than 18 can be pulled over even if they don’t commit some other illegal act. Such drivers are also unable to use their cellphones to make calls. Although the measure is a secondary offense for adults, a state trooper warns that even something like drifting out of a lane, a common practice among texters, would be ample grounds for a traffic stop.
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