I love this story.
It highlights a common theme for travel restriction states: The burden is placed on travelers to be “safer” by complying with these rules.
It doesn’t make sense for a state to have to follow strict rules to “protect” the citizens of another state.
When you’ve got the potential to become a “safety valve” and help reduce travel restrictions in your state, it’s understandable that you’d want to make sure you’re in compliance.
I’m guessing that’s why the Ohio DOT is cracking down on the non-emergency and non-work hours that can be used as a way to enforce these rules, which is a clear violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you’re a tourist, a business, or an individual who needs to be in your home state to take a flight or meet an employer, the burden is on you to check in and stay safe.
But for all those who are traveling to visit family, friends, or relatives, and to be there for a family member, friend, or relative, you’re responsible for staying at least 2 miles from the destination you’re traveling to.
If that’s not enough, the DOT is also issuing citations for people who are overstaying their visas.
There are also a lot of travel restrictions that are not as strict as they need to be.
The Ohio DOT doesn’t really want you to go anywhere without an ID and you should be aware that a number of those restrictions don’t actually have a legal basis.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some sort of “state law” or “law enforcement” exemption that allows for people to use these travel restrictions as a means to enforce their state’s strict laws.
Ohio is one of many states that are cracking down even further on those who break the law.
If the Ohio Department of Transportation is cracking downs on people who need to use the state roads, why aren’t they cracking down a bit more on people like me who don’t need to go to Ohio to go home?
Why not just enforce the rules?
Why are they taking these laws out of people’s hands?