Chapter 1501:3-4 Motor Vehicles

1501:3-4-01 Vehicle speed limits.

The vehicle speed limit on state forest roads is thirty mph except when otherwise designated and posted by the division. The state forest all-purpose vehicle parking lot speed limit is five mph unless otherwise posted. No person shall operate a vehicle contrary to the provisions of this rule.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974, 7/16/1995

1501:3-4-02 Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

No person shall stop or park a vehicle within state forests in any place that will obstruct traffic, or access to service roads of the division or where posted.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974, 9/28/1977, 7/16/1995, 1/9/2004

1501:3-4-03 Parked vehicles; exception.

No person shall park any vehicle within state forests during the hours of closure as defined in rule 1501:3-2-01 of the Administrative Code except that registered campers may park vehicles in designated parking areas for the length of time permitted by such camping, and that individuals engaged in legal hunting and fishing and military personnel or other persons engaged in special use under authorization of the chief or authorized agent are excepted.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974, 9/28/1977, 1/9/2004

1501:3-4-04 Vehicles, snowmobiles, bicycles, dog sleds, horses required to stay on roads or trails; negligent operation, accessibility.

(A) No person shall operate any vehicle , snowmobile, bicycle, dog sled, or horse within any state forest except over and upon roads, trails or other facilities designated and provided and posted for such purpose unless authorized by the chief or his authorized agent.

(B) No person shall cause a vehicle, dog sled, bicycle, snowmobile or horse to be operated or lead in a careless, negligent or reckless manner.

(C) This rule shall not restrict the use of a motorized wheelchair or scooter by a person who is non-ambulatory in any area open to the public and where not otherwise restricted for safety purposes, resource protection, or by designation of the chief or authorized agent.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974, 7/16/1995, 1/9/2004

1501:3-4-05 Boats and watercraft with motors prohibited; exception.

No person shall operate watercraft with motors on state forest lakes, except that electric motors are permitted.

Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 05/29/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974

1501:3-4-08 One way trails.

No person shall operate any vehicle, bicycle, or snowmobile on a one way trail in a direction opposite to which it is posted.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974

1501:3-4-10 Passengers.

No person shall, while operating any vehicle, bicycle, or snowmobile on a designated road, trail, or area, carry more passengers than the vehicle, bicycle, or snowmobile's designed capacity.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974

1501:3-4-12 Vehicles permitted in the all purpose vehicle area; vehicle exhaust requirements; vehicle size limits in all purpose vehicle area.

(A) Off-highway motorcycles, all purpose vehicles, and utility vehicles may be operated in the all-purpose vehicle areas with proper display of current registration pursuant to section 4519.04 of the Revised Code. Dual sport motocyles may be operated if they display a current highway registration. Registered snowmobiles are permitted at the Maumee all-purpose vehicle area. Bicycles are permitted and excluded from any registration requirements.

(B) Permitted vehicles must have a manufacture red installed or equivalent spark arrestor and muffler. Noise emitted from off-highway motorcycles, all purpose vehicles, and utility vehicles must be less than ninety-nine decibels at twenty inches from the exhaust outlet as measured in the conformance with SAE J1287. Snowmobiles must be in accordance with section 4519.20(4) of the Revised Code.

(C) Permitted vehicles shall not possess a width greater than sixty-two inches.

Replaces: 1501:3-4-12

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/25/1986, 1/9/2004

1501:3-4-13 Removal of vehicles, bicycles or snowmobiles.

Whenever any law enforcement officer finds any vehicle, bicycle, or snowmobile stopped, parked or standing in an area prohibited by rule 1501:3-4-03 of the Administrative Code or unattended upon or within the right-of-way of any road or where such vehicle, bicycle, or snowmobile clearly obstructs pedestrian or vehicular traffic or poses a hazard to property or people, such officer may arrange for the removal of said vehicle, bicycle, or snowmobile. Cost and risks of such removal shall be borne by the owner/operator of said vehicle, bicycle, or snowmobile.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/25/1986, 1/9/2004

1501:3-4-14 Helmets and eye protection in state forests.

No person shall operate or ride any permitted vehicle or snowmobile on any state forest trail or area designated and provided for such use without a protective helmet and eye protection. All helmets and eye protection shall conform to standards promulgated by the director of highway safety.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 7/16/1995

1501:3-4-15 Seasonal closure of all-purpose vehicle area.

Unless otherwise posted or approved by the chief, areas and trails provided and designated for all-purpose vehicle use at state forests shall be closed to all-purpose vehicle use annually beginning the day after the end of the deer-gun season and ending the thirty-first day of March.

Effective: 8/13/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 7/16/1995, 5/11/2009