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Bears In The Air: OSP To Target Distracted Drivers

June 17th, 2013

6state-headerIf you are driving distracted this week watch out! 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a distracted driving enforcement and awareness effort June 16 – 22 in an effort to reduce distracted driving related crashes and raise awareness about the dangers distracted driving creates.  The Patrol’s aviation section will assist road troopers from the air by focusing on crash causing violations that may be caused by distracted driving, including; aggressive driving, marked lanes violations, following too closely and driving left of center.

This effort dove tails with the continuing national Click It or Ticket program.  The 6-State Trooper Project includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.  It is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (1-888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  Immediate help is available by filling out this CONTACT form.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting follow DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and you can access updates by becoming a fan of Dayton DUI/OVI Defense.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@CharlesRowland.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Red Light Cameras – Let Your Voice Be Heard To Ban Them Forever

May 17th, 2013

A red-light camera in use in Beaverton, Oregon...

The followers of Dayton DUI on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and loyal followers of this blog have listened to me complain about red-light cameras and speed cameras in Ohio for over three years.  I have urged you to contact your local representatives and to let your opposition be known.  We are now in the final push and our concerns are being heard!

Ohio’s 130th General Assembly has introduced House Bill 69, which would eliminate red light cameras and speed cameras throughout Ohio.  The proposal reads, in pertinent part,

No local authority or the state highway patrol, utilizing either its own employees, those of another public entity, or those of a private entity, shall use a traffic law photo-monitoring device to determine compliance with, or to detect a violation of section 4511.13 (red light violation) or 4511.21(speed violation) of the Revised Code or a substantially equivalent municipal ordinance or county or township resolution.

As reported in the Huffington Post and the linked Coshoctan Tribune story, State Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) cited safety concerns as the main reason for introducing the ban on the cameras, the Coshocton Tribune reported. The Ohio proposal would ban use of the cameras for both red light and speed limit enforcement within the state, making Ohio part of a growing number of states to ban the usage of one or both types of cameras. Lawmakers seeking to enact such bans have also raised privacy issues as a point of concern. “Several recent studies, including a federal report, have confirmed that traffic photo-monitoring devices increase the number of rear-end collisions at intersections that are monitored by these devices,” Hood said in a statement to the Coshocton Tribune.

The Ohio legislation comes after a judge in Hamilton County said that a speeding ticket issued due to a photo enforced camera violated the state’s due process laws.  I have long cited the failure of due process and the dangers of using law enforcement as a revenue source (policing for profit) as my opposition to the cameras.   Your right to confront your accuser, your right to have the state prove the identity of the driver, the right to a trial in a criminal or quasi-criminal proceeding, and many other important American traditions have been trampled by greedy municipalities who see automated police as a means of taxation without representation.

I now call on you again to make your voice heard.  The readership of this blog and the “reach” of Dayton DUI on Facebook brings our collective voice to over 20,000 people. We have the ear of Rep. Rick Perales who has been amazingly attentive to our previous calls.  Call your State Rep at  1-800-282-0253 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit the Ohio House of Representatives website to email your State Rep.  This is our time to ban these abominations once and for all.

How To Fight Your Dayton Photo Speed & Red-Light Ticket

April 8th, 2013

Dayton City Hall.

We have often been asked about the procedure the City of Dayton employs to enforce its photo-enforcement scheme which encompasses both speed tickets and red-light tickets.  Here, taken from the Dayton Public Safety Photo Enforcement page is the procedure that the city has adopted.  If you need to speak to an attorney, we let you know how to contact us below.

View Video of Your Violation and Pay On-Line

If you receive a citation in the mail from the “SafeLight” Dayton Public Safety Photo Enforcement Program for running a red light at one of the City’s “SafeLight” camera-enforced intersections can view the video of the violation and pay the fine on-line.  To view the video, you must enter the “City Code” (DAY) and the “Citation Notice Number” that appears on your citation form. The video images will only be available to the viewer for 60 days . Clicking on the following link will take you to the website outside of the City of Dayton’s domain: www.photonotice.com

Citation Resolution

No points are imposed against the violator’s driving record under the SafeLight Photo Enforcement Program.

Tthere are three (3) options to resolve the citation:

  • Pay the fine within fifteen (15) days.  You can pay your citation fee online by credit or debit card, or by sending a check by mail as indicated on the citation notice (“Notice of Liability”).
  • Within fifteen (15) days, provide the information of the the person that was actually driving the vehicle, if it was not the registered owner, then mail the notorized “Affidavit” to the adress shown on the citation.
  • Within fiteen (15) days, return the “Hearing Request” to have the dispute scheduled to be heard before a Hearing Officer.

Failure to act on the above options will result in default and a $25.00 late fee will be added to the fine amount.  The responsible party will then receive a “Default Notice.”

If the responsible party does not respond to the “Default Notice,”, the citation will be sent to a collection agency.

If the responsible party chooses to have an administrative hearing to appeal the citation, the $85.00 citation fee must be paid prior to the notice due date.  If the citation is paid, the following will occur:

  • An appeal hearing will be held before a Hearing Officer.
  • If the hearing Officer finds in favor of the City that a violation did occur, the $85.00 will be retained by the City to satisfy the citation amount.
  • If the Hearing Officer finds in favor of the responsible party, the $85.00 citation fee will be refunded.
  • If the responsible party fails to show for the hearing, the $85.00 citation fee will be retained to satisfy the fine amount.

For questions involving camera-enforcement citations or the administrative appeals process, please call Officer Carol Johnson at 937-333-1142 or Officer Dyan Thomas at 937-333-1104.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgHuber HeightsBeavercreekCentervilleSpringboroFranklinLebanonTroyPiquaOakwood and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter@DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook,  and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Dayton’s Red Light & Speed Cameras: Where Are They?

April 1st, 2013

A red-light camera in use in Beaverton, Oregon...In 2003, the City of Dayton installed its first “SafeLight” public safety photo enforcement cameras to help reduce accidents at key intersections in the City by detecting vehicles running red lights.  Today, 20 red light cameras are in use at 10 intersections.

Locations with SafeLight (Red Light) Public Safety Cameras:

  • S. Smithville Rd. @ Patterson Rd.
  • W. Third St. @ Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
  • Troy St. @ Stanley Ave.
  • Stanley Ave. @ Valley St.
  • Third St. @ James H. McGee Blvd.
  • Gettysburg Ave. @ Cornell Dr.
  • Main St. @ Hillcrest Ave.
  • US 35 @ Abbey Ave.
  • Salem Ave. @ North Ave.
  • Salem Ave. @ Hillcrest Ave.

Locations with Speed Enforcement Public Safety Cameras:

  • S. Smithville Rd. near E. Fourth St.
  • S. Smithville Rd. near Marimont
  • W. Third St. near Hatfield
  • E. Third St. near Clinton
  • Stanley Ave. near Kuntz
  • S. Keowee near E. Fourth St.
  • N. Keowee St. near Stanley Ave.
  • N. Gettysburgh near Fairbanks and N. Gettysburg @ Cornell Dr.
  • US 35 @ Abbey Ave.
  • Salem Ave. near Otterbein

View Video of Your Violation and Pay On-Line

If you receive a citation in the mail from the “SafeLight” Dayton Public Safety Photo Enforcement Program for running a red light at one of the City’s “SafeLight” camera-enforced intersections can view the video of the violation and pay the fine on-line.  To view the video, you must enter the “City Code” (DAY) and the “Citation Notice Number” that appears on your citation form. The video images will only be available to the viewer for 60 days . Clicking on the following link will take you to the website outside of the City of Dayton’s domain: www.photonotice.com

Citation Resolution

No points are imposed against the violator’s driving record under the SafeLight Photo Enforcement Program.

Tthere are three (3) options to resolve the citation:

  • Pay the fine within fifteen (15) days.  You can pay your citation fee online by credit or debit card, or by sending a check by mail as indicated on the citation notice (“Notice of Liability”).
  • Within fifteen (15) days, provide the information of the the person that was actually driving the vehicle, if it was not the registered owner, then mail the notorized “Affidavit” to the adress shown on the citation.
  • Within fiteen (15) days, return the “Hearing Request” to have the dispute scheduled to be heard before a Hearing Officer.

Failure to act on the above options will result in default and a $25.00 late fee will be added to the fine amount.  The responsible party will then receive a “Default Notice.”

If the responsible party does not respond to the “Default Notice,”, the citation will be sent to a collection agency.

If the responsible party chooses to have an administrative hearing to appeal the citation, the $85.00 citation fee must be paid prior to the notice due date.  If the citation is paid, the following will occur:

  • An appeal hearing will be held before a Hearing Officer.
  • If the hearing Officer finds in favor of the City that a violation did occur, the $85.00 will be retained by the City to satisfy the citation amount.
  • If the Hearing Officer finds in favor of the responsible party, the $85.00 citation fee will be refunded.
  • If the responsible party fails to show for the hearing, the $85.00 citation fee will be retained to satisfy the fine amount.

For questions involving camera-enforcement citations or the administrative appeals process, please call Officer Carol Johnson at 937-333-1142 or Officer Dyan Thomas at 937-333-1104.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgHuber HeightsBeavercreekCentervilleSpringboroFranklinLebanonTroyPiquaOakwood and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter@DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook,  and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Top 10 Rules For Dealing With The Ohio BMV

January 14th, 2013

Dealing with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles after an OVI case can be a nightmare. So, you will want to avoid problems before they rear their ugly heads. Don’t worry! You can make this as painless as possible by following these simple rules.  We are here to serve you. Call us at 1-888-ROWLAND or (937)318-1DUI before a minor issues results in major problems.

1. Make sure the Ohio BMV knows how to reach you. The burden is upon you to notify them of any address change. Courts will accept their statement that they sent you information at your last known address as valid even if you did not get it. You can apply for an address change on line at https://www.dps.state.oh.us/bmv/VehSetID.aspx.

2. Make sure the court knows how to reach you.  As with the BMV, the court will send valid notices to your last known address.  Not keeping this information current can be disastrous.  If your probation officer cannot reach you, he/she may issue a warrant for your arrest.

3. Follow the rules!  If you are required to attend a weekend intervention program and/or sign up for treatment, please do so.  Not attending a program and/or missing a schedule evaluation usually results in a letter being sent to the court.  The court, in turn, schedules a hearing on why you have disobeyed.  The hard work of your attorney can be undone.  It is also important to realize that most weekend intervention programs run on a tight schedule.  They can and will lock you out of the program for being late.

4. Follow all the rules!  It is much easier for your attorney to obtain a new driving privilege order than to defend you for driving under suspension.  Please drive only on valid privileges. If your job and/or hours change, make sure the changes are reflected on your order.  You should also only drive at the time and to the location provided for in your order.

5. Show proof of insurance to everyone, all the time, every where…at least twice.  The police officer can mark proof of insurance.  Your attorney can show proof of insurance prior to the disposition of your case.  The judge can mark proof of insurance on the file and the proof can be maintained in the file.  However, the BMV should be sent a separate notice of proof at least two weeks prior to filing for reinstatement.

6. Pay your reinstatement fee.  At least two weeks prior to the end of your suspension arrive at the BMV with your proof of insurance and your reinstatement fee.  I have abandoned giving the advice to mail it in.  Suck it up and go to the BMV in person.  You are likely to have proof that day and all issues will be solved.  You are not valid until the reinstatement fee is paid.

7. Pay your court fees and costs on time.  Failure to do so may result in jail time, driving suspensions and/or monetary fines.  The failure to pay fines may also impact your probation.

8. Renew your license on time even if you are under suspension.  Many times people will avoid paying the renewal during a suspension.  This is not a good idea.  To be valid at the end of your suspension, you must have a valid license.  Unwittingly, you may put yourself in the awful position of having to re-test.

9. If you need identification during a DUI case, please contact the BMV for a “temporary” i.d.  Do not under any circumstances get a state issued identification because this will cancel your license and you will be required to re-test.

10. Keep my number.  We pride ourselves on providing services to our clients after their OVI cases have been concluded.  Contact Charles M. Rowland II at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384) if you run into any problems with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Huber Heights, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook, www.facebook.com/daytondui and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.