Change In Speed Limit
Upon completion of the Tyler Boulevard re-surfacing project, the speed limit on Tyler Boulevard between S.R. 306 and S.R. 615 will be 35 mph. This speed limit will be strictly enforced!
With all of the construction in the area, the Mentor Police Department asks you to drive with extreme caution and obey all reduced speed limits. Remember, the speed limit on S.R.2 in construction zones is 50 MPH, and is strictly enforced!
The Mentor Police Department reminds motorists to be careful and slow down in school zones. The speed limit is 20 mph during posted hours or when the caution lights are flashing.
Keep our children safe!
New Booster Seat Law
Ohio’s child passenger safety law has changed. Effective October 7, 2009, every child under 8 years old must ride in a booster seat or other appropriate child safety seat unless the child is 4’9” or taller.
In addition, every child from 8 to 15 yeas old who is not secured in a car seat must be secured in the vehicle’s seat belt.
Remember, the back seat of the car is the safest place to ride. We recommend any child under 15 years old should be in the back seat.
For information or assistance with installing child safety seats, contact the Mentor Police Department at 440-974-5760.
Headlights on During Inclement Weather
As of July 1, 2009, a new law requires vehicle headlights to be on at any time when the windshield wipers of the vehicle are in use because of precipitation (snow, rain, sleet, etc.) on the windshield.
A provision in the bill mandates that it is a secondary offense (meaning that an officer must observe some other violation of the law to enforce this) and will havea six-month phase in. Warnings only shall be issued until December 31, 2009. Enforcement under 4513.03 for this violation can commence on January 1, 2010.
Move Over and Slow Down
Did you know that in Ohio, drivers are required to move over or slow down to give law enforcement officers and public safety workers safe clearance?
Ohio Revised Code section 4511.213 states that on roadways of two or more lanes, a driver traveling in the same direction as a stopped public safety vehicle, must proceed with due caution, and if possible, pending road, weather, and traffic conditions, change lanes into a lane not adjacent to the stationary public safety vehicle. If a lane change is not possible due to the above conditions, the driver must reduce their speed and proceed with due caution.
To illustrate the necessity of this law, in Ohio, from 2001 to 2005, 82 Ohio Highway Patrol vehicles were struck during traffic stops. Since 1997, over 150 law enforcement officers have been killed in the United States after being struck by vehicles while performing their duties. Please do your part to protect Mentor’s Police and Firefighters as they go about their duties on Mentor’s streets and highways. For more information, visit http://www.MoveOverAmerica.com.
UPDATE: As of July 1, 2009, this law has been amended to include road service vehicles. These vehicles are defined as wreckers (tow trucks), utility repair vehicles, and municipal service vehicles equipped with visual means of flashing, rotating, or oscillating lights.
Please slow down and obey the posted speed limit of 25 mph on ALL residential side streets. Many of these side streets have no sidewalks and the only place for pedestrian traffic is along the side of the road.
Children under the age 4 and under 40 pounds must be in a NHTSA approved child safety seat securely fastened to the car. Never place a child safety seat in front of an airbag! Children under the age of 12 are encouraged to buckle up and ride in the back seat of the any vehicle. All front seat occupants are encouraged to buckle up for safety!
Remind your children to WALK FACING traffic and to RIDE their bikes WITH traffic. Streets are designed for vehicles and should never be used as a playground for your children.
Be considerate of others. Always stop for stop signs and use directional signals when turning. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
Remember when school is in session. Buses are picking up and dropping off children. School Zones are 20 mph and are strictly enforced.
Most of all, driving is a full time responsibility! Pull over into a parking lot before you answer your cell phone. Be considerate of others and drive in a neighborhood as cautiously as you would in your own.