Effective April 4, 2023, it is a primary offense in Ohio to hold (or physically support with any part of the body) an electronic wireless device. This means law enforcement can stop drivers they observe using a mobile device.
Drivers can use phones while their car is stationary, outside of travel lanes or at a stop light. They can also use a phone's navigation system as long as long as they aren't holding it. Other exceptions include: holding the phone to your ear to make or receive a call and contacting police, fire, hospitals or other emergency services.
"The Harrison Police Department encourages everyone not to text and
drive," said Lieutenant Robert Seiter. "The text can wait. Statistics show that
drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an
automobile accident. We encourage anyone with questions about statute
ORC 4511.204 to please reach out to our department at (513) 367-3715."
State Representative Cindy Abrams, a Harrison resident and former City
councilwoman, worked on the legislation to make Ohio roads safer.