MANUTA — Village police are warning motorists about a new distracted driving law that goes into effect Dec. 20.

The law makes writing, sending and reading a text and "the use of a cellular device for internet based interactions" a primary offense. Drivers also will not be allowed to hold an animal or allow an animal to distract them.

The violation is a minor misdemeanor for a first offense.

"Officers from the Mantua Police Department will be ever vigilant on this topic," police posted on their Facebook page.

Police added that making calls with a cell phone and using hands-free Bluetooth devices are not against the law.