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Welcome to Ohio! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Ohio. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
A speeding violation may result in four points, two points or no points depending on the speed limit in effect and the number of miles per hour (mph) by which the speed limit was exceeded:
Should a driver be convicted of a second or subsequent offense within 2 years after the first violation, the point assessment for the new violation is added to the previous total.
A person who has accumulated 2 to 11 points for traffic violations may earn a two-point credit towards his or her driving record by completing an approved remedial driving course.
A driver who has accumulated 6 points in a 2 year period will receive a warning letter.
If a driver accumulates 12 or more points in a 2 year period:
To comply with the law, the following liability coverage is required:
You may, as an alternative, post a personal bond to cover liability at that level, establish a $30,000 certificate of deposit with the State Treasurer, or file a certificate of self-insurance when you own more than 25 motor vehicles.
In Ohio, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without insurance or other financial responsibility (FR) proof. It is also illegal for any motor vehicle owner to allow anyone else to drive the owner's vehicle without FR proof.
When you are closely following another vehicle and another vehicle is approaching yours, be sure to dim your headlights. Use the upper beams only for driving in open country with a clear road ahead.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are approaching an oncoming vehicle, or when following another vehicle.
You must use your headlights:
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Speeding violations when workers are present are subject to two times the original fine.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.