Texting While Driving (Hands Free Offenses)

ORC 4511.204 SB288

Effective 4/4/2023 (6 Month Grace Period Expires 10/4/2023)

ORC Violation Degree Points Fine Cost
4511.204 * Texting - 1st Violation in 2 Years UM 2 $150.00 Max $80.00
4511.204 * Texting - 2nd Violation in 2 Years UM 3 $250.00 Max $80.00
4511.204 ** Texting - 3rd Violation in 2 Years UM 4 $500.00 Max $80.00
4511.204 Texting - Commercial Vehicle UM 2/3/4 Same 1st, 2nd, 3rd penalties,
in addition to other applicable penalties
4511.204 Texting - Construction Zone UM 2/3/4 Double 1st, 2nd, 3rd penalties $80.00
4511.204 Handheld Mobile Telephone UM 2/3/4 Double 1st, 2nd, 3rd penalties $80.00


* Texting - 1st Violation in 2 Years
1st time offenders who are charged with a violation of Texting While Driving may take a distracted driving course, in lieu of paying the court fine of $100.00. The offender must submit a certificate of completion to the Court on or before the scheduled court date.. The course is offered by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and can be found on the Driver Training website at: https://www.drivertraining.ohio.gov.
The distracted driver course only waives the $150 fine and 2 points that would have been assessed to the offenders driving record. The course shall not be dismissed and must be reported to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as a guilty conviction.

** Texting 3rd Violation in 2 Years
3rd time offenders are subject to an optional 90 day license suspension.

Points: 2/3/4 refers to the number of points to be assessed = 2 pts - first offense, 3 pts - second offense & 4pts - third offense.

All of the above are moving violations