Strict Driving Laws in Ohio
As it is true with many states, Ohio has worked hard in the recent past to pass legislation that would make driving on the roads of the state safer. Several of the laws were passed not only on common sense, but on statistics of the dangers of driving. Ohio car insurance rates are directly influenced on the costs of the accident claims submitted each year. If there are fewer claims, then auto insurance rates decline for everyone since the cost of running an insurance company also decreases when the number of collisions shrinks.
Some of the laws that Ohio has passed in attempt to increase safety and encourage fewer accidents include:
Seat belts: Nearly all of the 50 states, Ohio included, now have a mandatory seat belt law. Even states that do not require seat belts to be worn invest money in seat belt awareness campaigns. The statistics prove over and over again that the use of seat belts minimizes damages and fatalities in collisions.
Booster Seats: It has been proven that height matters in an accident and children are more susceptible to being hurt if they are not in the proper restraints. It is recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that children use booster seats until they are eight years and at least 4” 9’ tall. Ohio supports that by making it legally mandatory.
Driving Distractions: Ohio is not the only state that has recently passed laws discouraging texting while driving. Ohio drivers cannot legally text while operating a motor vehicle.
Helmet Laws: Motorcycle riders in Ohio better wear their helmets because in Ohio it is illegal not to.
Youth Night Driving: Ohio has also implemented nighttime driving restrictions for teenagers. Experience is the only way to get better at driving and some states feel like teens should get plenty of daytime experience before attempting to drive after dark.
However, many residents are concerned whether or not Ohio has become lax in their restrictions. The Ohio Department of Insurance wants to increase safety on Ohio roadways but a recent speed limit increase to 70 MPH on one of Ohio’s major highways has supporters suggesting that all of the main highways match that limit. Those opposing this idea are worried that increasing the speed limit will also increase the number of accidents around the state. Legislators and residents in Ohio will continue to work towards decreasing accidents and, ultimately, decreasing car insurance rates for their area.