337.29  LIGHTS AND SIGN ON TRANSPORTATION FOR PRESCHOOLCHILDREN.
   (a)   No person shall operate any motor vehicle, owned, leased, or hired by a nursery school, kindergarten, or day-care center, while transporting preschool children to or from such an institution unless the motor vehicle is equipped with and displaying two (2) amber flashing lights mounted on a bar attached to the top of the vehicle, and a sign bearing the designation "caution - children" which shall be attached to the bar carrying the amber flashing lights in such a manner as to be legible to persons both in front of and behind the vehicle.  The lights and sign shall meet standards and specifications adopted by the Director of Highway Safety.  The Director, subject to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 119, shall adopt standards and specifications for the lights and sign, which shall include, but are not limited to, requirements for the color and size of lettering to be used on the sign, the type of material to be used for the sign, and the method of mounting the lights and sign so that they can be removed from a motor vehicle being used for purposes other than those specified in this section. 
   (b)   No person shall operate a motor vehicle displaying the lights and sign required by this section for any purpose other than the transportation of preschool children as provided in this section. 
(ORC 4513.182; Ord. 5641-86.  Passed 5-19-86) 
   (c)   Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.  If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.  If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.