National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – April 2023

In Ohio, this mobilization will be more important than ever, as the State’s new distracted driving law goes into effect on April 4, 2023.

  • Senate Bill 288 strengthens the law on use of cell phone and electronic devices while driving.
  • The new law is a general ban on using or holding a phone while driving (with some exceptions)
  • The use of cell phones and other electronic communications devices will now be a primary offense for all drivers- law enforcement can immediately pull over a distracted driver upon witnessing a violation.
  • The law includes a 6-month grace period, where officers can only issue warnings.
  • Ohio is developing a public education and communications plan to appeal to all drivers.