Legal-Ease: Speed limits near schools

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. 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.

Ever wonder when a motorist must drive less than 20 mph near schools? It’s murky in the state of Ohio when it comes to school speed limit laws.

Regardless of where the sign is located, if a motorist is within 300 feet of a school, the speed limit is 20 mph during restricted hours. Restricted hours are defined as the time during which “school recess and while children are going to or leaving school during the opening and closing hours.”

Most roadways include signs telling drivers when there is a school nearby. Those signs sometimes include a flashing yellow light above and below an illuminated “20” and the words “Speed Limit.” Signs sometimes state that there is a speed limit of 20 “during restricted hours.”

Exactly when must a motorist only drive less than 20 mph in these areas? What is the speed limit near schools where the school sign does not have flashing lights?

Read Lee’s full article regarding school speed limits in his Legal-Ease post in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Speed limits near schools

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Speed limits near schools,” by Lee R. Schroeder, September 12, 2015

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