COLUMBUS (AP) - Traffic citation statistics indicate there hasn't been a big upswing in tickets for Ohio motorists who text while driving.
The Columbus Dispatch reported today that a check of three populous counties didn't find many citations under the Ohio ban that took effect a year ago. The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued warnings in the first six months the law was in effect. A Patrol spokeswoman says it doesn't have a tally of citations written since the grace period ended nearly six months ago because the data set would be so small.
The newspaper reported that 10 adults have been cited under the state ban in Franklin County, while Hamilton County has had 18 ticketed. In Cleveland, two tickets for the statewide ban have been written, with many more written under a local ordinance. For adult drivers in Ohio, the state law is a secondary offense, meaning drivers would have to be stopped for another offense.