Ohio Has a Long List of Crazy Car Laws

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Every state in the U.S. seems to have its own unique set of road rules, and this is definitely true for Ohio. In fact, some Ohio car laws are so obscure, even locals may have been breaking one or a few laws without even knowing it.
Here’s a list of some of the crazy car laws on the books in the state of Ohio and local towns, plus how to save on car insurance there and every other state.
An SUV driving on an Ohio highway below a “Ohio come back soon” sign
Some Ohio car laws are so obscure, even locals may be breaking them without even knowing it.

Don’t walk your cow

In Bay Lake, OH it was reportedly once illegal to walk a cow down Lake Road. Some websites claim this law is still on the books, but according to the Westlake_ & Bay Village Observer_, this law is no longer, because now farm animals are prohibited in Bay Village.
It’s a pretty specific law, but the Westlake & Bay Village Observer claims it was in place because early farmers held up traffic walking their cows down the road, and it became a problem in the village.
But there are conflicting reports about this law. For example, CantonRep.com says the municipality actually has an ordinance preventing anyone from walking, jogging or running along Lake and nine other roads—which means whether it’s with your child or your cow or by yourself, you can’t disrupt traffic by walking down those roads.

No play cars

In Canton, OH, it’s illegal to drive a Power Wheels car down the street. So if you live there and your child is playing with a Power Wheels, make sure you stay in a yard or driveway.
The law actually extends beyond play cars. It actually states that you cannot use roller skates or ride “in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, skateboard or similar device shall go on any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk,” according to CantonRep.com.

Don’t run out of gas

If you are driving in Youngstown, OH, apparently you need to really pay attention to how much gas you have left in your vehicle—not only because you could find yourself stranded, but also because it’s reportedly illegal to run out of gas in certain areas.
CantonRep.com reports this law only pertains to a congested district bounded by Chestnut, Walnut, Boardman, and Commerce streets.

Honking your horn

Here’s a law that applies to the whole state of Ohio. Apparently, a driver is required to honk his or her horn when passing another driver in the same direction.
Reportedly though, most Ohioans break this law, or else you’d hear constant beeping while driving in that state. Still, it’s good to know about this law if you don’t live in Ohio and want to be on the safe side by following all the laws while driving there.

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