It is now illegal to text and drive anywhere in Ohio. Drivers under age 18 have even more restrictions under the new law that takes effect today, including no talking on cell phones or using any other electronic device while sitting behind the wheel.
AkronNewsNow talked with some Green High School students, most of whom didn't know anything about the new regulations. It wouldn't matter anyway in most cases, according to them.
"I've never tried to text while driving," said a senior girl, who said she doesn't talk on the phone while driving either.
At least one of her classmates said that she would not only comply with the law, but seemed to embrace it.
"I think it's a good idea for teenagers because we're new to driving, so it's a lot to just drive."
Two of the girls said they've been a passenger in a car where the driver texted while driving. One of them told the texter to stop, while the other did not.
"It makes me nervous, to be completely honest, but I just let it go."
Another classmate, a boy, sees the new law completely differently.
"It doesn't make sense that a 16 year old wouldn't be allowed to talk on the phone, but a 26 year old would because they're still in the same boat and they're still driving while being distracted."
Texting while driving is a primary offense, meaning that police or sheriff's deputies can pull over a driver for that reason alone. Other parts of the law are primary for juveniles and secondary offenses for juveniles.
Even though the law takes effect today, warnings will be issued instead of tickets the first six months.