438.28  SOLID TIRES AND PNEUMATIC TIRES.
   (a)   Every solid tire, as defined in Ohio R.C. 4501.01, on a vehicle operated on a public highway, street or alley open to the public for purposes of vehicular traffic, shall have rubber or other resilient material on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.
   (b)   Every pneumatic tire, as defined in Ohio R.C. 4501.01, on a vehicle operated on a public highway, street or alley open to the public for purposes of vehicular traffic, shall have rubber or other resilient material of at least one-sixteenth of an inch of tread depth.  For purposes of this subsection, any pneumatic tire on which the tread wear indicator is visible shall be prima-facie evidence of a violation of this subsection.
   (c)   As used in this section:
      (1)   "Body of a tire" means the structure of a tire except for tread and sidewall rubber.
      (2)   "Tread depth" means the distance between that portion of a tire which comes into contact with the road and the body of the tire.
      (3)   "Tread wear indicator" means the visual indicator that is a component of every pneumatic tire manufactured on or after August 1, 1968, which is designed to provide a visual indication that the tire has worn to a tread depth of one-sixteenth of an inch.
(Ord. 85-14.  Passed 2-4-85.)