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.