Ohio texting ban for drivers starts Friday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The texting ban for Ohio drivers goes into effect Friday -- but it'll be six months before you can get a ticket for doing it.

Police will issue only warnings for the next half year. Texting while driving will be a secondary offense for drivers 18 and older. That means an officer has to stop a driver for another offense first, such as speeding.

But drivers under 18 are not allowed to text, use cellphones or other hand-held devices -- period. For them it's a primary offense.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says Ohio is the 39th state to ban texting while driving. Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation into law June 1.

It does allow all drivers to text and use their cellphones in cases of an emergency.

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