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Less OVI Checkpoints, More OVI Arrests

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Did you notice there were less OVI checkpoints this year? Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers made the decision to change from an OVI checkpoint strategy, to a more concentrated OVI patrol strategy.  So, how many OVI arrests did the Ohio State Highway Patrol make over night Dec. 31 into Jan. 1 in our area?  Numbers from a 12-county area, including Montgomery and Miami counties, shows 19 OVI offenses. Those numbers include:

  • 7 from the Dayton post that covers Montgomery and Preble counties;
  • 2 from the Springfield post for Clark and Champaign counties;
  • 3 from the Xenia post in Greene County;
  • 6 from the Piqua post that covers Miami, Darke, Shelby, Mercer and Auglaize counties;
  • 1 from the Lebanon post that covers Warren County; and
  • 3 from the Hamilton post that covers Butler County

Across Ohio, there were three fatal crashes compared to 10 during the same period last year. This is significant because this year marked a change in strategy for the OSP. They used less ineffective OVI checkpoints and more traditional “saturation” patrols to look for impaired drivers. Let’s hope this is a trend that continues.

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Traffic Fatalities In Ohio On The Rise

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As of Sunday, there were 665 traffic fatalities in Ohio. By mid-August 2014, there were 571 confirmed fatalities due to traffic crashes, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. This trend is happening all over the country. According to the National Safety Council, the United States had a 14 percent spike in traffic fatalities during the first half of the year. The Illinois-based organization said that about 19,000 people died in traffic crashes through June, up from 16,180 for the same period in 2014. It should also be noted that these statistics do not take into account two of the years more dangerous months: July and August. The country could be witnessing the highest number of traffic-related deaths since 2007.

Given these numbers, you can expect a greater push by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Public Safety Department and the Governors Highway Safety Association to crack down on issues affecting traffic fatalities.  What will they target? Educated guesses usually include people who are driving impaired, not wearing a seat belt, or driving while distracted — or all of the above.

Check HERE for the Columbus Dispatch Story on Ohio Traffic Fatalities
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Fairborn Municipal Court 2014 Annual Report

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The Fairborn Municipal Court, covering the jurisdictions of Beavercreek, Fairborn, Beavercreek Township and Bath Township has released it 2014 Annual Report. There were 601 OVI cases filed in the Court. Of those filings, the jurisdictional breakdown was:

  • Beavercreek Police (152)
  • Fairborn Police (120)
  • Ohio State Highway Patrol (600)
  • Wright State Police (1)
  • Greene County Parks (1)
  • Greene County Sheriff (28)

The takeaway is that the primary enforcement OVI enforcement arm remains the Ohio State Highway Patrol. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statistical Summary, they made a total of 368 OVI arrests in the entirety of Greene County. This means that all but 69 of those arrests went to the Fairborn Municipal Court. In 2014, Troopers made 24,706 OVI arrests across Ohio.

For more information about Fairborn Municipal Court,  Fairborn OVI or Beavercreek OVI cases, please click on the appropriate section of this blog.

 

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State Patrol Seat Belt Law Campaign: What Is The Seatbelt Law?

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Troopers Will Ticket You For Seat Belt Law Violations Starting Monday!

On Monday (May 18, 2015) the Ohio State Highway Patrol will begin a seat belt law enforcement blitz targeting drivers and passengers who are not buckled up. The seat belt crackdown is part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign.

What makes this an interesting push by troopers is Ohio’s seatbelt law (O.R.C. 4513.263 ) is a secondary offense, meaning that a trooper has to have another reason for pulling you over. Primary seat belt laws allow law enforcement officers to ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt, without any other traffic offense taking place. Secondary law states, like Ohio permit  law enforcement officers to issue a ticket for not wearing a seat belt only when there is another citable traffic infraction.

We often see a spike in the number of arrests for aggressive driving, following too closely, license plate light malfunctions, noise violations and other minor charges along with arrests for more serious offenses like drug violations and OVI (drunk driving) during this enforcement blitz.

What is the penalty? Drivers and front-seat passengers must wear a safety belt. Drivers can get hit with a $30 fine, and passengers with a $20 fine, for ignoring the rule. However, since disobeying the seat belt law isn’t considered to be a moving offense, no points will be applied to a driving record.  If you are arrested on a seat belt charge, or for an OVI offense, contact Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or on the 24 hr. DUI hotline at (937) 776-2671.

 

Ohio OVI Enforcement Statistics Year-To-Date

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released year-to-date statistics on its Ohio OVI Enforcement.  2014 saw 2,100 arrests for OVI.  There was an increase in 2015 to 2,367 arrests.  Greene County saw arrests jump from 25 in 2014 to 47 this year. Montgomery County jumped from 58 arrests in 2014 to 72 this year. In Clark County the OSP arrested 26 people by this time in 2014 and 32 so far this year.

2015 looks like a bad year to forget to wear your seatbelt with a huge jump of 8,278 arrest vs 6,796 last year. Drug arrests are also significantly up again in 2015 with 1,275 arrested compared to 1,009 last year.  Interestingly the OSP seems to be doing fewer motorists assists. They have done 29,725 motorists assist so far in 2015 while having done 44,131 by this same point in 2014.

ohio ovi The great news from the statistics is that Ohio roadways continue to be very safe compared to any point in our history.  Fatal crashes have increased by only one over this point last year.  Keep up the good driving, always designate a sober driver, don’t text and drive and make Ohio a great place to live.

Ohio OVI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver 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 OVI blog. You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

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For more info on Ohio OVI enforcement, check these city-specific sites at the following links:

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