Canal Winchester, OH council enacts ban on cellphone use while driving

Canal Winchester will join only a few Ohio communities that have imposed bans on cellphone use while driving.

The ordinance, which passed at City Council’s meeting Nov. 18, makes the violation a primary offense within city limits. That means law-enforcement officers can pull over a driver and issue a citation just for using a cellphone while driving.

The ordinance states that “no person shall operate a motor vehicle on any street, highway, or property used by the public for purposes of vehicular traffic or parking while using in any manner an electronic wireless communications device.”