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 [Read the full post. . .]
No More Dayton Cameras – We Win! The Dayton Police Department has announced that it will STOP using traffic cameras for speed and traffic enforcement. An Ohio law takes effect March 19, 2015 that requires that a police officer witness traffic infractions at intersections where a camera is used. The city will lose all of the 20 fixed red-light and speed cameras throughout Dayton.
Dayton police will continue to use three Mobile Speed Vehicles around high incident intersections to capture [Read the full post. . .]
If you were hoping that the Ohio Supreme Court would curtail a city’s ability to implement policing for profit, you would be disappointed. Last week, in Walker v. Toledo, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5461, a divided Supreme Court ruled that cities in Ohio have complete freedom to set up tribunals that do away with due process protections for motorists accused by a machine.
The majority opinion, written by Justice Kennedy held specifically that,
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Municipalities have home-rule authority under Ohio
As many regular readers of this blog already know, I have made it my mission to speak out against traffic cameras and speed cameras since their introduction. I consider them to be corrupt and corrupting. They are the worst example of turning the criminal justice system (and the citizens) into a source of revenue.
Today the Ohio Senate passed legislation that will effectively ban traffic cameras statewide. The law would require that a police officer be on the scene to [Read the full post. . .]