Category Archives: Ohio Traffic Law

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Ohio BMV License Suspension

The most common reasons that a person will have a driver's license suspension by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles include: Accumulating 12 “points” for traffic violations Driving Without Insurance Operating a Vehicle Impaired (testing over .08 or refusing to test) Drug Offenses Out-of-State DUI/OVI or drug related offenses If you would like an unofficial copy…
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Is This The End of Drunk Driving Arrests?

Will there still be drunk driving arrests in the future?  This is the question raised by Money Watch and CBS in the article about autonomous cars, "Will Your Car Be Driving Itself By 2020?"  According to the article,  "[i]t all sounds like science fiction: cars that drive themselves, navigate streets and avoid crashes. But last week…
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Physical Control of a Vehicle While Intoxicated (O.R.C. 4511.194)

Physical Control of a Vehicle While Intoxicated (O.R.C. 4511.194) is the offense of being intoxicated while in physical control of a car, but not having caused the vehicle to move.  If you are under the influence and the prosecutor can prove that you “operated” your car and were not simply in “physical control” of your…
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Marked Lanes Violations & Traffic Stops

When 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…
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Marked Lane Violation Overturned By Third District Court of Appeals

State v. Shaffer, 2013-Ohio-3581 Overturns 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…
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