Tougher Texting Law On Books in Lyndhurst

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LYNDHURST, Ohio -- The city of Lyndhurst is taking Ohio’s tough texting while driving law to the next level.

The goal of Lyndhurst’s city council was to mirror the state law already on the books. But they wanted to take it a step further.

“Under the state’s ban, the level of enforcement only applies to 16- and 17-year-olds, and is a secondary offense for adults,” said Lt. David Strasshofer.

That means someone can be ticketed for texting only if they're stopped for another violation.

In the east side suburban community, however, that would not be the case. Anyone can now be stopped for texting while driving no matter what.

As of April 15, motorists were forbidden to use an electronic device while driving, unless faced with a dire emergency.

“In case of emergency where you have to make a text, and you can't pull over for whatever reason, that's a good thing,” said motorist James Rander.

The ban includes cell phones, tablets and blue tooth enabled devices.

Violators could face up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

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