Effective August 31, 2012. This new law prohibits teen drivers under the age of 18 from using any electronic wireless communication device. They will be unable to talk, write, read or send a text-based communication via any type of electronic device while driving on Ohio roads. The law allows a teen to use a cell phone while the vehicle is parked and outside a lane of travel and also allows for phone calls to be placed to law enforcement agencies, hospitals, health care providers, and fire departments in emergency situations. A navigational device can be used as long as the device is operated in a hands-free or voice-activated manner. Read the entire law.
Partnered for Safety: Parents and Teens - Parental involvement in a teen's driver education is essential.
As a parent, you have the power to ensure your teen gains the valuable skills needed to protect himself or herself
both while driving and riding in a motor vehicle. This time can also be challenging as teens begin to gain more
independence and the freedom that driving gives them. The below items are designed to help both parents and teens
navigate their way successfully through this process. Good luck!
Graduated Driver License Law - The
Ohio Graduated Driver License law (GDL) mandates that a young driver
a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction in driver training.
In addition to this requirement, they must receive at least 50 hours of in-car practice (10 of these at night) with a
parent or legal guardian. Click here for more information.
About the Laws Governing Teen Driving The
Ohio Graduated Driver License Law (GDL) mandates that a young driver receive
a minimum of 24 classroom
instruction hours and 8 hours of
behind-the-wheel instruction in driver training. In addition to this requirement,
they must receive at least 50 hours of in-car practice (10 of these at
night) with a parent or legal guardian.