The six month warning period is over and Ohio drivers caught texting while driving will be ticketed.
"The law prohibits anyone from using any kind of handheld electronic device to either text, call, receive, read messages, anything, anything like that," said Lt. Christopher Johnson of the OSHP.
Authorities say there are some exceptions to the law. For any individual 18-years-of-age and older, breaking the law is a secondary offense. An officer must first stop a driver for primary offense, such as speeding. For anyone less than 18-years-old, it is a primary offense.
With texting and driving becoming more and more prevalent, Lt. Johnson said this law is necessary. It's designed to send a message that this kind of activity is dangerous and will not be tolerated.
"It's a tragedy when you have somebody who is texting and driving. It certainly is as dangerous as somebody operating a vehicle impaired in other ways," said Johnson. "It's only common sense that if you're looking away from the road operating some type of device and eyes are not on the road, you're creating a very hazardous situation.
The law carries possible fines of $150 for the first offense. Repeat offenders could face a $300 fine. The law doesn't trump city ordinances on texting or cell phone use that might be tougher.
Authorities say all drivers can text and use their cell phones in cases of an emergency.