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December 2011

Extra Patrols In Montgomery County Throughout New Year Holiday

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced that it is doubling its forces on Saturday to combat drunk drivers during the New Year's Eve holiday.  According to WDTN,  [see here] Troopers will be focusing on areas like Harrison Township, Butler Township and the Dayton Mall area.  Not coincidently, these areas are the areas frequently targeted for checkpoint enforcement.  No announcements of OVI checkpoints have been made.  Other announcements from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have indicated that 80 Ohio jurisdictions are participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign and will have extra patrols throughout the New Year...

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Kettering DUI Sting Set For Tonight (Dec. 30th)

Tonight from 8pm until 3am, the Kettering Police Department will be conducting an enhanced enforcement event.  The "sting" will target DUI offenders and will be similar to the previous efforts.  As reported in the Dayton Daily News,"the Task Force chose tonight rather than Saturday night for enforcement because, in recent years, there have been fewer drivers on New Year’s Eve."  Expect extra patrols and saturation patrols looking for signs of impaired driving.DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Centerville...

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DUI Patrols To Increase For New Year

Today the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a statement on its web site announcing its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" efforts will be stepped up throughout the New Year Holiday.  The statement reads, "[w]ith the upcoming New Year’s Holiday, the Patrol is urging motorists to not get behind the wheel impaired. During last year’s holiday reporting period of Midnight on December 30, 2010, through 11:59 p.m. on January 2, 2011 – 10 people lost their lives on Ohio’s roadways, with 70 percent of these deaths involving an impaired driver."DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending...

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Reports A Safe Holiday Weekend

During this past holiday reporting period of Midnight, December 23 through 11:59 a.m. on December 26, eight people were killed, with one death attributed to impaired driving. This represents a nearly 43 percent decline in fatalities from last year when 14 people were killed and the lowest amount of Christmas Holiday fatalities in the past four years. In addition, Patrol OVI arrests increased more than 28 percent. For a complete statistical recap of the Patrol’s Holiday enforcement visit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/christmas_2011.pdfOhio is on pace to see a decline in the number of people killed on Ohio’s roadways in 2011, after experiencing a...

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OSP Announces Increased Holiday Patrols

Today, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released two press releases announcing they will be out in force this holiday season.  You may have noticed the ubiquitous "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" commercials and increased law enforcement presence along our roadways. Through December 11, troopers have arrested 1,383 more drivers for OVI than during the same period in 2010.   Last year fatalities increased to 1,080 over a record low of 1,022 in 2009.  With the upcoming holidays, the Patrol is reminding drivers that this can be one of the most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired...

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The Drunken Monkey Theory

Why do we Homo sapiens love alcohol? Could it be that our love of alcohol is genetically encoded in our species due to millions of years of evolution?  Fossilized teeth show that between 45 million and 34 million years ago, human ancestors and our closest relatives -gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans - ate a diet that was rich in fruit.  Natural selection favored primates who could detect and appreciate the smell of fruit and out-compete others in its collection.  As the fruit fell from the source and lay on the ground, the yeast on the fruits skin would consume the sugar molecules...

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Kettering Bans Texting While Driving

As reported by WDTN, the city of Kettering has banned texting while driving.  The city council passed an ordinance Tuesday making it illegal to write, read or send a text message while driving.  According to the ordinance you would still be able to talk on your phone and use you GPS system.  The ban will take effect in January and cases will be heard in the Kettering Municipal Court. DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Centerville and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your...

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Springfield OVI Checkpoint Tonight (Dec. 16, 2011)

There will be an OVI sobriety checkpoint tonight in Clark County, Springfiield, Ohio beginning at 8:30 pm on the 1200 block of West First Street. The DUI checkpoint will be conducted by the Clark County OVI Task Force.  The Clark County OVI Task Force  is made up of the Clark County Combined Health District, Springfield Police Division, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Highway Patrol, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Clark County EMA, Springfield Fire and Rescue Box 27, Ohio Investigative Unit and police departments in North Hampton, Enon, South Charleston, Tremont City and German Twp.  In addition to enforcement efforts, the OVI Task Force and...

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Scientific Defenses to an OVI: The GERD Defense

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that acid reflux (called gastroesophageal reflux) and the more serious Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (hereinafter GERD) affect more than 90 million people at least one time per month and about 25 million people experience serious GERD problems daily. "  GERD is usually caused by changes in the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, including abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which normally holds the top of the stomach closed; impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia. These changes may be permanent or temporary ("transient"). [cite]Although about 10...

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Consequences of a Fake ID

Fake IDs Have Real ConsequencesIf you are under the age of 21 years of age and you either (a) use someone else's identification to buy alcohol, or (b) alter your identification to purchase alcohol, you will find yourself facing a multiplicity of consequences.  O.R.C. 4510.33 carries a one year license suspension.  You will be required to retake the driver's license examination if the license is altered.  You will also be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  You can file an appeal within 20 days of the mailing of the notice in the municipal or...

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