Drivers holding a pet will be cited under Ohio city's new distracted driving law

Posted at 8:42 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 09:42:34-05

By Chris Anderson

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A new law set to go into effect in Mantua, Ohio will classify drivers who are holding an animal while operating a motor vehicle as distracted drivers.

Police will begin citing drivers who violate the new law on Dec. 20.

In addition to making cell phone use a primary offense, drivers will not be allowed to hold an animal or allow the pet to district their ability to drive safely.

First-time violators will be issued a minor misdemeanor. If a driver violates the ordinance twice in one year or if the violation causes a crash resulting in injury, a third-degree misdemeanor will be issued.

Using a Bluetooth or hands-free device is not against the law, Mantua police say.

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