|Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 3):|
That is the law in California too...white signs are the enforced limits, yellow is the reccomended.
Actually in California, IIRC, even the white sign isn't necessarially enforcable -- outside of certain areas (ie residential with homes of a certain density or 'business districts') the speed limit must be justified by an engineering survey every 5 years (and the speed limit must be set to the 80th percentile speed, otherwise the only enforceable speed limit is the prima facie speed limit (65 MPH, IIRC)
As far as I know that isn't true in Ohio. There are so many little gems like that that I remember from the California Vehicle code that I miss in Ohio.
- In California speed traps are illegal. Included in the definition of speed trap includes "any particular section of a highway measured as to distance and with boundaries marked, designated, or otherwise determined in order that the speed of a vehicle may be calculated by securing the time it takes the vehicle to travel the known distance." (CVC 40802)
- "Every authorized emergency vehicle shall be equipped with at least one steady burning red warning lamp visible from at least 1,000 feet to the front of the vehicle to be used as provided in this code." (CVC 25252)
In California I got the impression that the laws with regard to speed were enforced for the purposes of traffic safety (e.g. the CHP will generally only stop you if you are going noticeably faster than the flow of traffic or otherwise driving in a reckless manner -- and the CHP are the only people who will stop you); in Ohio in addtion to the speed limits being generally low the laws with regard to speed seem to be enforced as more of a fundraising venture -- if the speed limit is 60 and there are 20 people doing 70, there will be 20 local PD
cruisers waiting to stop them. It makes driving in Ohio so much more stressful than it needs to be.
Driving in Michigan though is so much fun -- proper speed limits and California-like speed limit enforcement make it a completely stress free experience.
/end of Ohio driving rant
(Still moving violation free after 7 years as a licensed driver)
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