YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Friday at midnight, Mahoning Valley law enforcement agencies can begin citing people caught texting behind the wheel.
The state law, which aims to reduce distracted driving accidents in the state, was enacted last year in limited form due to a grace period enacted by Gov. John Kasich.
The new legislation allows police to cite anyone texting while operating a vehicle and is particularly strict on new drivers.
Repeated violations of the texting law by a juvenile could eventually result in a year-long license suspension. For drivers 18 and older, Ohio's texting law is considered a secondary offense.