New highway safety report says Ohio has numerous gaps in highway safety laws

CLEVELAND - The 10th Annual Highway Safety Law Report was released Tuesday. It grades all 50 states and Washington D.C. on the 15 basic highway safety laws. 

Ohio was one of 30 to receive a yellow rating which means the state had numerous gaps in its safety laws. 

The report looked at teen driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and driver protection. Ohio received passing grades for only eight of the basic 15 safety laws.

The report showed that Ohio is one of only three states (FL, SD) to not have any booster seat law. That law requires, at a minimum, that children ages four through seven be placed in a child restraint system that is certified to meet U.S. DOT safety standards.

The buckeye state is also one of only 11 states to not have a primary enforcement law or motorcycle helmet law.

The primary enforcement seatbelt law would allow a law enforcement officers to stop and ticket the driver when they see a violation of the seat belt law for front seat occupants. No other violation would need to occur first to take action.

Currently, the state requires another primary violation to occur before they can take action. The all rider motorcycle law requires all motorcycle riders, regardless of age, to use a helmet that meets U.S. DOT standards or face a fine.

Finally, Ohio failed to meet the text messing restriction rating for not having an all driver text messaging ban because that is also only a secondary enforcement.

Ohio did receive passing grades for the six-month holding provision meaning beginning teen driver must be supervised by an adult-licensed driver at all times during the learner's stage.

They also received passing grades for supervised driving hour requirements, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and the law stating a driver is prohibited from obtaining an unrestricted license until the age of 18. You can get a full look at the 50 page report right here.

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