Ohio ranks poorly in traffic safety laws

Ohio finished near the bottom in a report released last month by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, which looked at whether states have implemented a list of 16 traffic safety laws that can reduce traffic deaths.

Which driving laws ranked the worst?

Ohio ranked poorly in areas related to seatbelts, motorcycle helmets, and teen drivers.


The study criticized Ohio for not requiring passengers in the back seat to buckle up. Additionally, failure to wear a seatbelt is only a secondary offense in the state.

Motorcycle helmets

The report dinged Ohio for not mandating that all motorcycle riders – not just those under 18 – wear helmets.

Teen drivers

Ohio was faulted for letting drivers younger than 16 obtain learner’s permits. Another area of contention was the state’s nighttime driving restrictions for individuals under 18.

A nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an alliance of safety groups and insurance companies working for stricter traffic safety laws.

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