Ohio's new texting while driving law goes into effect on Friday and Lieutenant William Wiertz, commander of the Canton State Highway Patrol post, says troopers and law enforcement officers have been told how to use their discretion to enforce it.
Wiertz says texting and driving will be a primary offense for juveniles under the age of 18 who can be pulled over for that violation alone. But for adults its a secondary offense meaning officers will have to cite the motorist for another traffic violation before a texting and driving violation can be added.
Wiertz tells AkronNewsNow " We get calls all the time about people about what appears to be drunk driving with marked lane violations or speeding. A lot of times they're using a mobile device either texting or talking."
Wiertz says in the case of adults, they'll basically have to admit to texting and driving before they can be charged if they're pulled over for another traffic offense.
The offense is a minor misdemeanor punishable only by a fine set by the court of jurisdiction when the driver is cited.