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Speed Camera Scams Still A Thing In Ohio

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If you think that Senate Bill 342 banned all speed cameras, you must not have driven through Newburgh Heights. Tucked over off I-77, Newburgh Heights has continued issuing tickets with hand-held devices that don’t require officers to pull anyone over to issue a citation. To supplement their budget, they are churning out tickets at the tune of 300 per week. Plenty of folks aren’t happy about it but Newburgh Heights doesn’t care.  Another Ohio city, Linndale, has built essentially a house with all the comforts of home — so that it can reap the benefits of traffic cameras while some Linndale officer is paid to sit there. You can read more about the implementation of the bill at Cleveland.com.

Despite the obscene money grab, Ohio cities are desperate to use Ohioans as a source of revenue via the implementation of corrupt (and corrupting) policing for profit tactics.  This scheme was laid bare with the revelations following the events in Ferguson, Missouri and spurred several calls for reform. The federal government, along with many states (including Ohio) have begun asset forfeiture reform and a bill to reform the criminal justice system is being debated in the US Senate. But here, in sleepy Ohio towns, the desire for money is too strong to care about the respect for the law and the ramifications of destroying the citizens faith in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

 

Commercial Drivers Beware – OSP To Target You This Week

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Commercial Drivers Beware!

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined a week-long effort focused on increasing commercial drivers  tickets. The initiative includes officers with the Michigan State and Indiana State police departments, who will focus on violations by commercial vehicle drivers that are proven to contribute to crashes, including: speed, following too closely, improper passing, distracted driving and improper lane use. The initiative began Monday and runs through Saturday, Dec. 12.

cdl driversThis type of enforcement is grant-funded and designed to cause untold problems with truck drivers who depend on their license to earn a living. What makes it particularly ugly is that commercial drivers are some of the best and safest drivers on the road. This kind of arbitrary enforcement has the unintended consequence of causing people to see traffic enforcement as a rigged game.  When this happens, respect for the rule of law diminishes.

If you have a commercial drivers license and need an attorney this week, please give Dayton DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II and attorney Mark J. Babb (Babb & Rowland, LLC)  a call.

 

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Dayton Red Light and Speed Cameras Still Bad News

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Dayton red light cameras are still on!

Dayton has 30 speed and red light cameras in use throughout the city. Despite a law passed by the Ohio legislature, the cameras remain running due to a decision by Judge Barbara Gorman in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Court.  Due to the Dayton ruling, and similar rulings in Toldeo and Akron, the cameras are running until the matters are fully litigated in the courts.  For opponents of the cameras the outlook is bleak if the courts have the final say. In 2008 and again in December of 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the use of the cameras.

The rulings and intense lobbying from municipalities are working. Governor Kasich is expected to veto the legislative efforts to end (via regulation) the Dayton red light and speed camera programs.  The use of cameras as a subversive tax is controversial, but the jurisdictions use this money as a substantial portion of their budgets.

Some communities like Middletown, Hamilton, Springfield, Trotwood and West Carrollton suspended their use on March 23 — the day the law took effect. Other cities (like Dayton) challenged the restrictions in court.  Some people believed that the cameras were turned off, and Dayton has been reaping in increased revenue from this misperception. From Jan. 1 2014 until March 27 of that year, Dayton’s speed ticket cameras issued 8,160 tickets. In the same period this year, the number jumped to 10,523, or a 29 percent rise, records from the city of Dayton show. Red light violations in the same period last year were 1,821. That jumped to 2,312 this year, or 27 percent.

dayton red light It looks like the only recourse that citizens opposed to these Dayton red light and speed cameras will have is the ballot box.  If you vote for city commissioners, mayors, county commissioners and judges who support this invisible tax, you can expect the cameras continue to roll and the money will continue to role in.

Babb & Rowland, LLC is a traffic defense law firm located in Fairborn, Ohio.  If you would like to speak to an attorney about your Dayton red light ticket, please call (937) 318-1384.

No More Dayton Cameras!

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red light Dayton camerasNo More Dayton Cameras – We Win! The Dayton Police Department has announced that it will STOP using traffic cameras for speed and traffic enforcement.  An Ohio law takes effect March 19, 2015 that requires that a police officer witness traffic infractions at intersections where a camera is used.  The city will lose all of the 20 fixed red-light and speed cameras throughout Dayton.

Dayton police will continue to use three Mobile Speed Vehicles around high incident intersections to capture traffic violations. A police officer will travel with the vehicle to witness any infractions in addition to onboard cameras as is required by the law.

Unfortunately for those already ticketed by Dayton cameras, the  city says any previously issued traffic camera tickets are valid and fines must be paid.  In addition, if you have three or more traffic camera tickets you are still at risk of having your car impounded.

Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio and has long fought against the Dayton Cameras. He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671. You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500. Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog. You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

“All I do is DUI defense.”

For more info on Dayton Cameras, check these city-specific sites at the following links:

Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield,Kettering,Vandalia,XeniaMiamisburg,Huber HeightsSpringboroOakwood,Beavercreek, Centerville

 

Electronic Traffic Tickets Are Coming To Ohio

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electronic traffic ticketsElectronic traffic tickets are coming to Ohio.  The Ohio Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Ohio Traffic Rules about electronic tickets issued by law enforcement to account for an ongoing pilot project.  The Rules will take effect in January to facilitate the use of e-tickets. Subsequently, the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure learned of a State Highway Patrol effort to issue e-tickets but file paper copies with the local court. The rules amended in January only covered tickets issued and submitted electronically and did not account for this “hybrid” system.  To facilitate the pilot project, amendments to Traf.R. 3 delete the requirement that an electronic traffic tickets meet the mandatory “form and content” requirement of a paper ticket. The amendments also maintain that any paper ticket generated from the e-ticket be of sufficient quality to meet record retention requirements.  A full text of the amendments are available HERE.

Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused traffic offender in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “Let us fight your electronic traffic tickets.

For more on electronic traffic tickets check these city-specific sites at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville