Juvenile Drivers and Seat Belt Laws

 

Drivers License and Child Restraint Laws

(Effective 4/6/07)

 

UNDER 16 (4507.05 F1)

Permit and ID card in possession

Accompanied by a sober and licensed—Parent, Guardian, Instructor, Person acting as parent

RESTRICTIONS- Midnight—6AM prohibited without above

 All occupants must be properly restrained

 

OVER 16 (prior to having permit for 6 months) (4507.05 F2)

Permit and ID card in possession

Accompanied by sober and licensed 21 year old

RESTRICTIONS– Midnight—6AM prohibited without Parent or Guardian

All occupants in a seat and properly restrained

 

Restrictions for 16 year olds with a permit for longer than 6 months

 

Under 17 years of age (4507.071 B1a)

●Midnight to 6 AM prohibited without a parent, guardian, unless school function or work with documentation in possession

Only 1 (one) non-family passenger unless accompanied by parent/guardian (4507.071 B4)

Over 17 years of age (until 18th birthday) (4507.071 B1b)

●1 AM to 5 AM prohibited without a parent, guardian unless school function or work with documentation in possession

 

Traffic violation penalties (4507.071D2)

●Under 16 and a half years of age, prior moving violation date during 1st 6 months of operators license, must drive with parent/guardian for 6 months.

 

16 and a half to 17 years of age, prior moving violation date during 1st 6  months of operators license, must drive with parent/guardian until 17.

 

Seat Belts

In Ohio every driver and front seat passenger must wear a seat belt.

A holder of a probationary license can only operate a vehicle with all occupants in a seat (not sharing) and must be restrained by a restraining device originally installed by the vehicle manufacturer.  (4507.071 E)

 

Children who are 4, 5, 6 and 7 years of age, weigh more than 40 pounds and are less than 4 feet 9 inches tall, must be secured in a booster seat and use a seat belt, whenever they ride in a motor vehicle.   

Children under 16 and over 4 must be restrained in a seat belt, or child restrain if applicable. (4511.81 C)

Children less than 4 years of age and or less than 40 lbs. must be in an approved child restraining device. (4511.81 A)

The new law is effective as of October 7, 2009.