Legal-Ease: Grass clippings on roadways

Property owners often blow their grass clippings on roadways, and a problem may arise if the grass clippings cause an accident. Some research suggests that grass clippings can be as slippery as grease is on roads, and clippings can be especially dangerous for motorcycles.

Ohio does not have laws that explicitly prohibit property owners from blowing grass clippings onto roadways. An Ohio law makes it illegal to place injurious materials onto roads. But this law doesn’t cover glass clippings.

Property owners often blow their grass clippings onto adjacent streets and roads. A problem may arise if or when those grass clippings on the road cause an accident, most often expected to be an accident involving a motorcycle losing its grip on the roadway. In fact, some research suggests that grass on roadways can sometimes be as slippery as grease on roadways.

Remarkably, Ohio law does not directly, explicitly prohibit the dangerous practice of blowing grass clippings onto roadways.

Read more about grass clippings on roadways in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Grass clippings on roadways

Source: LimaOhio.com, “Legal-Ease: Grass clippings on roadways,” by Lee R. Schroeder, May 25, 2019

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at [email protected] or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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