BEACHWOOD, Ohio - Beachwood is cracking down on distracted drivers. After a month of warnings, it's going to start costing people who use their cellphones while driving.
In Beachwood, it is against the law to make calls on your cellphone, text, email, surf the Internet or use GPS devices while driving.
After handing out warnings, Beachwood police officers will begin issuing tickets starting Tuesday, Aug. 21, according to Beachwood Traffic Patrolman Lt. Wetzel.
Beachwood Traffic Commander Mark Zuzek told NewsChannel5 that officers have already issued more than 60 warnings to drivers.
Now, violators will be subject to a ticket, fine and a two-point addition on their license.
"The law does allow for Bluetooth, wireless or hands-free devices to be used while driving. But, it is purposely meant to keep two hands on the wheel," said Zuzek.
The new law "more clearly prohibits the use of handheld devices within the city of Beachwood. The use of portable electronic devices while driving is a dangerous distraction and we believe tougher traffic laws will help reduce accidents and improve public safety," said Beachwood Police Chief Mark Sechrist.
The state of Ohio recently passed a law banning the practice of texting while driving, though enforcement varies for drivers under and over the age of 18.
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