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Better buckle up Fido! Pets could be a distracted driving violation in Mantua

MANTUA, Ohio - The Mantua Police Department will soon consider whether your pets are distracting you behind the wheel.

A new distracted driving law goes into effect December 20.

The law states holding a pet or being distracted by a pet is a violation.

That's in addition to writing, sending or reading a text message.

Using a cell phone to make a phone call is not against the law.

A first offense is a minor misdemeanor. A second offense within one year would be a misdemeanor of the third degree, as would any offense that causes a traffic accident, according to Mantua police.