Legal-Ease: Walk this way

Ohio has several laws to govern pedestrian traffic, and many communities have their own additional laws and ordinances as well. Pedestrians must obey all pedestrian traffic-control signals.

Sometimes people can become confused over how to handle pedestrians at intersections with stopped vehicular traffic.

Warm weather invites us to spend more time outside. Often, people will walk or run through their neighborhoods, especially beginning this time of year. Ohio has several laws that govern pedestrian traffic and how that traffic is to interact with motor vehicle traffic. Ohio’s laws do not prohibit additional local laws or ordinances regarding pedestrian traffic, and many Ohio communities have additional requirements for people who travel other than by motor vehicle.

Notably, Ohio’s laws on pedestrians generally treat people in wheelchairs the same as people who are traveling afoot. Electric or motorized wheelchairs are treated the same if the wheelchair is incapable of going over 8 mph.

Read Lee’s full post about pedestrian traffic in Ohio in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Walk this way

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Walk this way,” by Lee R. Schroeder, May 4, 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 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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