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    Absolute Speed Limits in Ohio


    The “absolute speed limit” of Ohio is the speed limit that is posted on the sign on the road. Any speed reached that is over the posted speed limit, even if you are just 1 mile per hour over the limit, is considered a violation. This posted speed limit is considered the maximum speed a motorist can travel.

    A motorist must take note of the different posted speed limits depending on the road he/she is traveling on. The maximum speed limits include:

    • 15 mph in all alleys within a municipal corporation
    • 20 mph when passing a school building or grounds (school zone) during school recess and while children are going to or leaving school during the opening and closing hours, and when 20 mph school speed limit signs are erected.
    • 25 mph in all other portions of a municipal corporation, except state routes and through highways outside business districts and alleys.
    • 35 mph on all state routes or through highways except controlled-access highways within municipal corporations outside business districts.
    • 50 mph on state routes within municipal corporations outside urban districts, unless a lower speed is established visibly on a sign.
    • 55 mph (the maximum speed limit at all times) for vehicles weighing more than 8,000 pounds and non-commercial buses.
    • 55 mph (the maximum speed limit) on all other highways.
    • 60 and 65 mph on designated highways for vehicles weighing 8,000 pounds or less and commercial buses.
    • 65 mph at all times on freeways with paved shoulders inside municipal corporations unless a lower speed is established on a sign.
    • 65 mph on rural interstates for vehicles weighing 8,000 pounds or more.

    Presumed Speed Limits in Ohio


    The “presumed speed limit” of Ohio focuses on whether the speed of the motor vehicle is safe based on factors such as road conditions, weather conditions, and any “special hazards” which may be present at the time of the traffic violation. The Ohio presumed speed limit law states that, “Vehicles may not be driven at speeds greater or less than reasonable, depending on conditions of traffic, road and weather.” This means that a motorist could be driving under the posted speed limit and still be ticketed for a traffic violation because he/she was not driving a reasonable speed compared with the current circumstances.

    Speed Limit of Commercial Vehicles in Ohio


    There are several different classes of commercial vehicles in Ohio, but they generally have the same characteristic: any combination of vehicles with a combined gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more. The speed limits for commercial vehicles is as followed:

    • 55 mph (the maximum speed limit at all times) for vehicles weighing more than 8,000 pounds and non-commercial buses.
    • 65 mph on rural interstates for vehicles weighing 8,000 pounds or more.

    Minimum Speed Limits in Ohio


    In Ohio, a person cannot drive a vehicle at such a slow speed as to “impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic” unless it is necessary for safe operation or to comply with the law.
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