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H. B. No. 266 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|128th General Assembly|
Representatives Boose, Boyd, Brown, Celeste, Domenick, Hagan, Murray, Okey, Pryor, Ujvagi, Williams, B.
To enact section 4511.204 of the Revised Code to
generally prohibit driving a vehicle while using a
handheld or manually operated mobile communication
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 4511.204 of the Revised Code be
enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 4511.204. (A) No person shall drive a motor vehicle,
trackless trolley, or streetcar on any street, highway, or
property open to the public for vehicular traffic while using a
handheld or manually operated mobile communication device.
(B) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any of the
(1) A person using a mobile communication device that is
specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free
operation, and is used in that manner while driving;
(2) A person using a mobile communication device for
emergency purposes, including an emergency call to a law
enforcement agency, hospital or health care provider, fire
department, or other similar emergency agency or entity;
(3) A person operating a public safety vehicle who uses a
mobile communication device in the course of the person's duties;
(4) A person operating a citizens band radio or two-way radio
while driving a motor vehicle, trackless trolley, or streetcar;
(5) A person using a handheld or manually operated mobile
communication device whose motor vehicle is in a stationary
position, with the transmission in the park or neutral setting or
with the engine or power to the motor off, and who is outside a
lane of travel.
(C) Whoever violates division (A) of this section shall be
fined twenty-five dollars on a first offense, fifty dollars on a
second or third offense, and one hundred dollars on a fourth or
(D) As used in this section, "mobile communication device"
includes any of the
(1) A wireless telephone;
(2) A text-messaging device;
(3) A personal digital assistant;
(5) Any other substantially similar wireless device that is
designed or used to communicate voice, text, or data.