If you dare text while drive in Lyndhurst, Ohio, know this: Police will pull you over and write you a citation if they see you do it. That’s because although Ohio has an existing law which makes texting while driving a secondary offense (which means police must find some other reason for pulling you over before writing you a citation for texting while driving) Lyndhurst lawmakers have decided texting while driving is worth a little extra enforcement and so they have made it a primary offense–meaning if cops see you do it they can just pull you over for it. No need to find some other reason to pull you over.

Oh, and let’s not forget, that while state law considers texting while driving a misdemeanor with a possible fine of up to $150, Lyndhurst makes it a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a possible $250 fine. That’s a heckuva lot more serious offense than the state provides for and might actually make drivers think first before getting behind the wheel with a handheld device.

My Improv is an online Ohio defensive driving school but there is nothing funny about driving distracted. Studies have shown that distracted driving is at least as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol and causes more fatalities each year. Not only that, but incidents of distracted driving have been rising consistently for the past few years and the trend shows they are continuing that upward tick this year.

But perhaps not in Lyndhurst, Ohio.