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

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…
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What is a Physical Control Violation? Is It Better Than An OVI?

Why should I consider a reduction to Physical Control? While a “physical control” conviction (O.R.C. 4511.194)  is similar to an OVI conviction (O.R.C. 4511.19) in that both are alcohol-related first degree misdemeanors, the PC conviction does not carry mandatory minimum penalties. In fact, a court may give proportionally lighter penalties due to the fact that…
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Dayton Red Light and Speed Cameras Still Bad News

Dayton red light cameras are still on! Dayton has 30 speed and red light cameras in use throughout the city. Despite a law passed by the Ohio legislature, the cameras remain running due to a decision by Judge Barbara Gorman in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Court.  Due to the Dayton ruling, and…
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Ohio OVI Blitz Along Interstate 75 This Weekend

There will be an Ohio OVI blitz along Interstate 75 this weekend. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement along Interstate 75. The initiative will take place from Friday, February 20 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday,…
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What is Snow Law in Ohio?

Let it snow! With the return of winter weather, we have received some questions about what constitutes an emergency and under what authority an emergency can be deemed to exist.  We have also counseled clients who wanted to know what law would circumscribe their behavior during a significant weather event.  Here is what we learned: A…
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A Physical Control Conviction Is Not A Prior Offense

A physical control conviction does not count as a "prior offense" for purposes of enhancement.  This principle is spelled out in case law and in statute.  R.C. 4511.181 sets forth the offenses that count as prior convictions.  It does not list a violation of physical control (R.C. 4511.194) as a predicate offense.  It does not…
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No More Dayton Cameras!

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…
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Facial Recognition, License Plate Readers and No Accountability

License Plate Readers are now offering law enforcement agencies the ability to use facial recognition software on American streets with almost no laws making law enforcement accountable and no public debate on the topic. According to a story at www.TheNewspaper.com, The leading suppler of automated license plate readers technology in the US (ALPR, also known…
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Springfield Red Light Cameras Losing Millions In Revenue

According to an article in TheNewspaper.com, Springfield red light cameras are losing millions of dollars in revenue. Why? In 2008, the Ohio General Assembly enacted a law requiring all cities using  cameras to lengthen the duration of the warning given to motorists approaching a photo enforced intersection. Cities were given until March 12, 2009 to make…
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Ohio Senate Votes To Ban Traffic Cameras

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…
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