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Regulations on blowing grass clippings on the road

Regulations on blowing grass clippings on the road

Regulations on blowing grass clippings on the road

JOURNALIST REPORT – In Ohio, the law regarding the placement of harmful materials on highways is outlined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.74. This law prohibits the placement or abandonment of any material that may harm or injure any person, vehicle or animal traveling on a highway, lane, path, street or alley, with the exception of substances placed on the road by the competent authority. for repair or construction purposes.

However, it is important to note that while this law addresses harmful materials, it does not explicitly mention grass clippings. According to Sheriff Roy Miller of Fulton County, Ohio, Ohio Revised Code 4511.74 does not specifically mention grass clippings. He clarified that while state law does not prohibit blowing grass clippings into the street, municipalities and towns may have their own ordinances against the practice.

Sheriff Miller emphasized that the issue arises from the potential liability of homeowners if accidents occur due to grass clippings in the road. He cited a case in which a lawsuit was filed against a homeowner due to a motorcycle accident allegedly caused by grass clippings on the road. Therefore, while there may not be a criminal conviction at the state level, homeowners should be aware of the potential civil liability associated with this practice.

Throwing grass clippings onto the road can create a hazard for motorcyclists, as the clippings can reduce traction and cause slippery road conditions. This poses a significant risk to motorcyclists, who are especially vulnerable to loss of control or accidents caused by slippery surfaces. Therefore, it is important for property owners to consider these potential hazards and take steps to avoid creating unsafe conditions for all road users, including motorcyclists.

While Ohio state law does not explicitly prohibit throwing grass clippings into the street, property owners should be aware of potential liability, local ordinances, and the dangers this practice can pose to all road users, especially the motorcyclists.