Ohio Traffic Law

Ohio State Patrol To Enforce Dram Shop Laws

January 4th, 2013

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Dram shop is a legal term referring to a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold. Traditionally, it referred to a shop where spirits were sold by the dram, a small unit of liquid. Dram shop laws which are designed to make business establishments liable for the injuries or damages caused by persons to whom they have sold alcohol. For example, if a bar or tavern sells alcohol to a patron, and that patron then injures someone in a car accident, the dram shop law allows the plaintiff to recover damages from the bar as well as the intoxicated person.

 

According to Ohio’s dram shop law, persons who were injured by an intoxicated person may have a cause of action against the business establishment who sold them the alcoholic beverage. The business’ liability depends somewhat on where the injury actually occurred:

·        On the premises: If the injury occurred on the business owner’s premises, or in a parking lot under their control, the business owner will be held liable if the injury was caused by the negligence of the business or a business employee.
·        Off premises: A business owner or employee may be held liable for injuries that occurred off premises if the establishment sold alcohol to a person who was visibly intoxicated, or if the person was a minor. These injuries may include automobile accidents as well as attacks or fist fights.
Starting this year, Ohio law enforcement officials will conduct investigations to determine where drunk drivers involved in accidents bought their alcohol and could file charges if the establishment served the driver too much. The Ohio Investigative Unit, formerly the Liquor Control Division, restructured and dedicated agents to those specific investigations involving liquor establishments that served drunk drivers involved in traffic crashes or any type of traffic stop involving a driver less than 21 years old.  A local report on this new initiative can be found here and the video is below.

 

 

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, SpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgHuber HeightsBeavercreekCentervilleSpringboro, Franklin 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 Twitterupdates 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.

 

Drunk Driving Deaths At Record Low (by DaytonDUI)

December 21st, 2012

Good news for a change

Drunken-driving deaths fell to a record low last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fatalities in crashes involving drunken drivers declined 2.5 percent to 9,878 from the previous year and are down 53 percent since first measured in 1982.

“This new data is encouraging, especially as we approach the holiday season when it is so important that we promote responsible drinking,” Beer Institute President Joe McClain said in a prepared statement. “We recognize that even with these record lows, more work remains to be done. Brewers and beer importers are committed to continuing our work with lawmakers, law enforcement, community groups and others to promote legal, responsible drinking as a means to reduce drunk driving.”

Overall, highway deaths fell to 32,367 last year — the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year, the NHTSA said.  Americans drove fewer miles in 2011 than in 2010, but the nearly 2 percent drop in roadway fatalities outpaced the 1.2 percent decrease in vehicle miles traveled. Last year also saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, down from 1.11 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled the previous year, the NHTSA said.

“The latest numbers show how the tireless work of our safety agencies and partners, coupled with significant advances in technology and continued public education, can really make a difference on our roadways,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a prepared statement. “As we look to the future, it will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues like seat belt use, drunk driving, and driver distraction.”

For more details on the NHTSA data, click here. For information on the Beer Institute’s initiatives, click here.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in DaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber Heights,Beavercreek, 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.comor write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

 

 

How To Pay Your Ticket In Dayton (by DaytonDUI)

December 20th, 2012

Downtown Dayton in 2007

 If you receive a ticket in the jurisdiction of the Dayton Municipal Court, you can pay the ticket on-line, in person or by mail.

Pay your fine online at www.paymyfine.org with a VISA or MASTERCARD. Traffic Tickets will be in the system within five (5) business days. Electronic parking tickets will be available for online payment within 12 hours of issuance. Handwritten parking tickets will be available for online payment within two business days of issuance.

Pay in person between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday report to the Dayton Montgomery County Courts Building at 301 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45402. Payments can be made in the lobby at the Central Payments Window. After hours payments and weekend and holiday payments are accepted at the Clerk’s Office in the lobby of the Montgomery County Jail at 320 W. Second St., Dayton, Ohio 45402. Cash, money orders, certified checks, traveler’s checks and personal checks (no starter checks) are acceptable methods of payment at either location. MasterCard and Visa are accepted only at the Courts Building. Check directions for location and parking information.

Payments can be sent by mail by enclosing the ticket with either a certified check, money order, or personal check (no starter checks) for the amount of the fine into an envelope addressed to: Dayton Clerk of Court Central Payments Division P.O. Box 10700 Dayton, Ohio 45402. Make sure payments are mailed at least 4 days prior to the court date on the ticket to avoid a warrant.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in DaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber Heights,Beavercreek, 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.comor write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

 

 

Kettering Municipal Court Traffic Safety Program (by DaytonDUI)

November 27th, 2012

Kettering Municipal Court offers a Traffic Safety Program for eligible participants which allows you to attend a class instead of receiving points for your traffic citation(s). Classes are held monthly on a Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are taught by police officers at either the Kettering Police Department, 3600 Shroyer Road, or the Centerville Police Department, 155 W. Spring Valley Road. Upon successful completion of the program, your citation will be dismissed and will not appear on your driving record, and you will receive no points on your driving record.

You may be eligible for the Traffic Safety Program if:

  • You can provide proof of automobile insurance
  • Your traffic violation does not have any accompanying criminal charges
  • You have not had a moving traffic violation within the last 24 months
  • You have not been through the Kettering Traffic Safety Program within the last 24 months
  • You plead guilty to the offense by signing the back of your ticket
  • You have not already paid the fine for your citation
  • You must register and pay for the class by the court date listed on your citation

In addition, if you were cited for any of the following violations, you will not be eligible for the program:

  • Driving under suspension
  • Driving under the influence (of alcohol or other drugs)
  • Drag Racing
  • Reckless operation/fleeing police
  • Passing a school bus and school zone violations 10 mph or more over the limit
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Traffic accident violations and violations that may result in liability issues
  • Intentional damage to property or injury to persons

The Traffic Safety Program Director has the right to deny entry to anyone based on past history or inability to meet program criteria.

Sign Up for the Program

If you would like to sign up for the Traffic Safety Program, you must apply in person at Kettering Municipal Court Probation Department. Be sure to come in to apply on or before your court date.

Please be aware: failure to attend the class when assigned will result in a guilty plea being accepted by the Court and the fee for the program will be applied to court costs, fines and school costs. For questions about the program, please contact our Probation Department at 937-296-3328.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, 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 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.

Ohio Driver’s License “POINTS”

November 10th, 2012

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 Vehicle
-Any felony motor vehicle violation or any felony committed with motor vehicle

Four Point Violations
-Operation of a Vehicle After Underage Consumption
-Operation in Willful or Wanton Disregard of Safety (a reckless operation offense)
-Exceeding the Speed Limit by greater than 30 mph.

Two Point Violations
-Exceeding the Speed Limit of 55 by at least 10 but less than 30 mph
-Exceeding the Speed Limit less than 55 by at least 5 but less than 30 mph.
-Operating a motor vehicle in violation of a restriction imposed by the BMV
-Most other moving violations including operating a vehicle w/o a license.

NOTE: If you are nearing the requisite 12 points that will result in a separate license suspension you can attend a TWO POINT CREDIT COURSE as set forth at R.C. 4510.037(C).  For a more detailed explanation of the credit course or to consult with an attorney about your charge.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, 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 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. “All I do is DUI.”