- Don't drink or drug and drive
- Don't cell phone and drive
- Don't anything-that-might-cause-distracted-driving and drive
Driving in Ohio with a blood alcohol content (including that from medications) at or below the set limits WILL put you at risk of being arrested for driving under the influence. The consequences are real, and they are as harsh as you would suspect. Visit our FAQ to learn the limits and possible consequences of a DUI conviction or refusal to submit a chemical test.
Texting and driving in Ohio can also have extreme consequences. Watch this video with your family to understand that what we often think is just a safe, quick glance could mean permanent damage, our own death or even homicide. The fact is, a one-second glance away from the road is what the Journal of Adolescent Health has deemed safe, but the average text message takes five seconds. You wouldn't drink and drive, so don't text and drive either.
While it might seem like all of these driving laws go without saying, the statistics tell us otherwise. SmartFinancial encourages you to avoid all non-driving activities while driving. Keep yourself, your passengers and other drivers safe by limiting your road activities strictly to driving while driving.
Until children reach 4 years of age and 40 pounds, Ohio law requires that they are secured in a car seat appropriate for their size. For infants up to 1-year-old or 20 pounds, it should be a rear-facing car seat, which is then followed by a forward-facing car seat.
Children who are over 4 years and 40 pounds may use a booster seat. This is required until the child reaches 8 years of age and a height of 4 feet, 9 inches tall.
Once a child reaches this age and height, he or she may switch over to the vehicle's seat belts. Keep in mind that kids are always safest in the back seat in the event of an accident or airbag deployment.
It's risky to leave young children alone in a car, van, SUV, or truck. In addition to concerns about self-injury or victimization by a stranger, interior temperatures can reach dangerous highs or lows rapidly.
For example, on a warm or hot day (or even a temperate day if the vehicle's in sunlight), temperatures inside can climb as much as 30 degrees in as many minutes, far exceeding the outdoor temperature. This easily leads to heatstroke, brain damage, and death in a young child, as well as a pet. Kids and animals don't regulate their body temperature as effectively or efficiently as teens and adults, and of course, they're unable to remove themselves from dangerous situations.
Ohio doesn't have a specific law for this concern. However, if a young child suffers due to being left unattended in a vehicle, the parent, guardian, or caregiver can be held accountable for negligence and child endangerment.
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