The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
Rural Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 65
Urban Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 65
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 65, Trucks 55
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Absolute (Exceeding the speed limit is illegal per se--regardless of whether it was safe under the specific conditions): Interstate highway speed limits
Presumed (Driving faster than the speed limit is only evidence of unreasonable speed--you can still argue that your speed was safe under the specific conditions): All other speed limits
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: Yes
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration
Allowed at the discretion of each individual court
Jury Trial Allowed
* Only when a jail sentence is a possible penalty.
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
Accidents involving death, personal injury, or property damage exceeding $400 must be reported immediately to the local authorities. If an injury occurs, or if there was at least $400 in property damage, and if the driver or owner of one of the vehicles in the accident doesn't have auto insurance or acceptable financial responsibility coverage, the accident must be reported to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) within six months of the accident date. You can use this link to file a report: http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/bmv3303.pdf
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $12,500
All injuries: $25,000
Property Damage: $7,500
Novice Drivers: No special restrictions
School Bus Drivers: No special restrictions
All Drivers: No restrictions
Telephone: 614/466-2660 (State Highway Patrol) or http://www.clelaw.lib.oh.us/public/misc/faqs/traffic_parking.html "Traffic Violations and Parking Tickets FAQ's," http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/ "The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System"
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: 877-7PATROL
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This page was last updated: August 2010