Category Archives: Reckless Operation

Ohio DUI Laws: An Overview

This post collects together in one place many of the Ohio DUI Laws that arise in drunk driving cases.   Some Ohio DUI laws are listed because law enforcement will charge these offenses to establish probable cause for pulling over your vehicle.  If you need to find out more about a specific law, or how…
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OVI or DUI (Which is right?)

The current version of Ohio's impaired driving law is O.R.C. 4511.19, is entitled "Operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs - OVI."  This is the same offense which is also known as DUI (driving under the influence), OMVI (operating a vehicle impaired), DWI (driving while intoxicated) or drunk driving.  The Ohio General Assembly…
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Bears In The Air: OSP To Target Distracted Drivers

If you are driving distracted this week watch out!  The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a distracted driving enforcement and awareness effort June 16 – 22 in an effort to reduce distracted driving related crashes and raise awareness about the dangers distracted driving…
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DUI on the Water and the Return of Boating Season

With the return of the summer boating season, many people will soon be enjoying Ohio's beautiful lakes and rivers.  This is a reminder that Ohio is cracking down on captains who indulge in alcohol while on the water.  Boating Under the Influence is illegal in Ohio. 2001 Sub. S.B. 123, eff. 1-1-04 sought to unify the drunk…
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Physical Control & Reckless Operation

Often, a client will be presented with a plea offer involving a reduction to a charge called “physical control.”  Physical control is the crime of being in control of a car while you are impaired.  It is a zero point violation under Ohio law and does not carry a mandatory license suspension.  Physical control is…
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Ohio Driver’s License “POINTS”

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,…
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Reckless Operation in Ohio: What is the Law?

RECKLESS OPERATION: What is the law? Reckless operation in Ohio can constitute any number of offenses within the Ohio Revised Code dealing with operation of a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard to persons or property.  Commonly, reckless operation is charged under O.R.C. 4511.20 (all codes sections are set forth below).  There is a separate…
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Ohio State Highway Patrol Announces “All Out” Initiative

May 18th is "All Out" Day for the Ohio State Highway Patrol The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting an “All Out Day” on May 18, in which all sworn officers from all ranks will be patrolling Ohio roads in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes. The initiative, which serves as a high visibility…
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Rules for Driving in an Ohio Construction Zone

Here is the law regarding increased penalties for committing an offense in a designated construction zone. O.R.C. 5501.27 Increased penalties for traffic violations in construction zone. (A) The director of transportation shall adopt rules that do the following: (1) Rules governing the posting of signs advising motorists that increased penalties apply for certain traffic violations…
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Off-Road & Private Property Reckless Operation

If you operate a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property on private property, you may be charged with a violation of Ohio's off-road reckless operation statute.  Ohio Revised Code 4511.201 reads, in pertinent part, Ohio Code 4511.201 - Operation off street or highway in willful or wanton disregard…
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