City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Don't Text and Drive

Upper Arlington City Council voted 5-2 Monday, October 8 to make texting while driving a primary offense. State law already bans texting, but it is only a primary offense for those under 18. Those over 18 must have committed another offense. Upper Arlington's ban allows Police to pull drivers over without having to guess their age.

Officers will be able to cite drivers they see sending or receiving text messages, regardless of age. Though the law went into effect November 8, 2012, drivers will not be cited for texting and driving until March 1, 2013.

You can set a good example for young drivers by not using your cell phone while driving. No text is worth dying over.

  • Drivers who send/receive texts while driving are 23% more likely to be involved in a crash than other drivers.
  • Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes per year.
  • Texting while driving is six time more likely to cause an auto crash than driving while intoxicated.
  • The distance traveled taking your eyes off the road for five seconds at 55 mph is the equivalent of the length of a football field.


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