Legal-Ease: Speed limits near schools

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.”