Ohio has become the 39th state to prohibit texting while driving.
Gov. John Kasich signed a ban Friday on writing, reading and sending texts from behind the wheel. It goes into effect in 90 days.
The measure includes a stricter crackdown on teen drivers’ use of electronic devices. Minors would be banned from using cellphones, iPads or other electronics while driving.
Texting would be a secondary offense for adult drivers. They could be ticketed for typing messages only if they were first pulled over for another offense, such as running a red light.
Teens could more easily be pulled over for violating the texting ban.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the measure would be among the broadest in the country in terms of teen distracted driving restrictions.