March 27th, 2014|
Distracted driving is a serious safety concern along the roadways in Ohio. Reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol indicate that between 2009 and 2011, the state recorded a total of 31,231Ohio Distracted Driving Accidents.
In order to help combat this problem, one Ohio municipality has enacted a ban on using handheld electronic devices while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. According to an article from News Talk 1490, the law that was recently passed by the Shaker Heights Council goes into effect March 28, 2014.
The law, which was passed on February 24, states that using a cellphone, laptop, PDA, or other electronic device while driving will be a primary offense, meaning an officer can pull a motorist over if a violation is witnessed. An infraction will be considered a misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Officials say that until May 25, violators will be issued warnings in order to spread the word about the new law, but after that time period, tickets will be issued.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are aware of the serious dangers distracted drivers pose to themselves and others. That is why the firm would like to applaud Shaker Heights officials on taking action to prevent such behavior from occurring.