Category Archives: Marked Lanes

Marked Lanes Violations & Traffic Stops

marked lanesWhen can a police officer make a stop for a marked lanes violation?

In State v. Houck, 2011-Ohio-6359, Ohio’s Fifth Appellate District considered the legal standards required to stop a person for a marked lanes violation. See O.R.C. 4511.33

“In Ohio, when a driver commits only a de minimis marked-lanes violation, there must be some other evidence to suggest impairment before an officer is justified in stopping the vehicle. See State v. Gullett (1992), 78 Ohio App.3d 138,

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Marked Lane Violation Overturned By Third District Court of Appeals

State v. Shaffer, 2013-Ohio-3581 Overturns Marked Lane Violation

marked lane violation

In a decision that will impact many OVI cases, the Third District Court of Appeals ruled that a trooper did not have a “reasonable, articulable” suspicion to stop a Paulding County woman for a marked lanes violation. O.R.C. 4511.33.   Accordingly, her convictions for reckless operation and failure to drive within the marked lanes were reversed.

In the court’s unanimous decision, authored by Judge Stephen R. Shaw, the court agreed [Read the full post. . .]

Bears In The Air: OSP To Target Distracted Drivers

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, [Read the full post. . .]

Ohio Driver’s License “POINTS”

A typical speed limit sign in the United State...

One of the most frequently asked questions to my staff involve the issue of POINTS on an Ohio driver’s license.  “Points” under Ohio law are set forth at O.R.C. 4510.036(C).  The statute lists the following as 6-point violations:

6 Point Violations
-Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
-Vehicular Homicide
-Vehicular Manslaughter
-Aggravated Vehicular Assault
-Willful Fleeing and Eluding,
-Failure to Stop and Disclose Identity at Accident
-Street Racing
-Driving Under Suspension
-OVI (drunk driving)
-Unauthorized Use of a Motor [Read the full post. . .]

Fight Your Marked Lanes Violations, O.R.C. 4511.33 (by Dayton DUI)

Double-yellow line

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a guide for detecting drunk drivers.  In that guide, NHTSA identifies 24 “clues” that potentially impaired drivers exhibit.  Many of those “clues” relate to the driver’s ability to maintain proper lane position.  Your attorney should aggressively defend your driving and point out to a judge or jury other possible causes of weaving such as: texting, eating, telephone calls, conversations with other passengers, changing the radio station, stretching, or fatigue may account [Read the full post. . .]