State Route 18 in Medina County: Will drivers be ticketed for going 1 mile per hour over the limit?

Posted at 12:51 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 16:23:48-04

It's known as one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the area with more than 560 crashes and nine deaths. 

But new plans in Medina County to make State Route 18 safer could put you at risk for a ticket. 

There have been efforts to make the road safer for years. For example, at one point the Ohio Department of Transportation was planning to install a guardrail in the area but, after pushback from locals, they reconsidered. 

Now they are giving drivers a fair warning about their upcoming "zero tolerance" policy. 


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A five-mile stretch of State Route 18 is going to become the first designated "safety corridor" in the state. 

Howard Huebner with ODOT tells News 5 they are modeling the plan off something similar in Arizona, where drivers are ticketed for going even one mile per hour over the limit. 

It's unclear whether officers in Medina County are going to take the approach. 

For now, ODOT is adding signs, markers and bumps in the road. 

Officials at the Medina County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the plan is still in its early stages but they will be firm but fair with their increased enforcement.