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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "traffic law" (Page 18)

Ohio Cities Fight Red-Light Cameras

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Image by gsbrown99 via Flickr[/caption]As Redflex Traffic Systems fights a shareholder revolt at home in Australia, the speed camera vendor is simultaneously battling a public revolt against photo ticketing in two Ohio cities. Next Tuesday residents of Chillicothe and Heath will have the opportunity to vote on citizen-led initiatives that would ban the use of red light cameras and speed cameras. Redflex has poured substantial cash into an advertising blitz covering both towns."Vote NO on Issue 5 and keep Heath safe," read a Redflex brochure sent to Heath voters this week. "In the last four months alone,...

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Chillicothe Will Have Anti-Speed Camera Referendum

Image via WikipediaChillicothe, Ohio residents will retain the right to vote out speed cameras on November 3 thanks to a Ohio Supreme Court ruling yesterday. Fearing the public would shut down his signature program, Chillicothe Mayor Joseph Sulzer had asked the high court for an emergency injunction blocking the citizen-led initiative. Sulzer argued that this step was needed because the proposed initiative was unconstitutional and the city was denied a fair chance to argue against it before the Ross County Board of Elections (view Sulzer's court filing). The supreme court justices unanimously rejected his complaint."Chillicothe failed to act with the...

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Reckless Operation

The statutory definition of reckless operation can be found at Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.20 which states: 4511.20 Operation in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.(A) No person shall operate a vehicle, trackless trolley, or streetcar on any street or highway in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property. (B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to...

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Ohio Speed Traps Amongst Worst

The National Motorists Association (NMA) released its list of the top seven locations to avoid over the Labor Day holiday.  This year, the drivers' rights group highlighted areas where heightened use of automated ticketing machines threaten those who are just passing through.Chicago, Illinois The Windy City's network of red light cameras operated by a for-profit Australian company, combined with short yellow warning times at intersections, has already generated $110 million worth of tickets. The city plans to double the installations and push the total impact of all taxes and fines on ...

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Chillicothe, Ohio Fights Traffic Cameras

Image by Adrian Short via FlickrOhio City Attempts to Undermine Traffic Camera ReferendumChillicothe, Ohio attempts to undermine November referendum on the use of photo enforcement.Activists in Chillicothe, Ohio vowed on Monday to fight efforts to sabotage a referendum on the use of traffic cameras. Residents signed a petition demanding the right to have a vote in November on whether to keep or outlaw red light cameras and speed cameras. Once on the ballot, no referendum of this type has ever failed to pass, and Chillicothe officials are doing what it takes to ensure that never happens. Assistant Law Director James...

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Ohio Has Too Many Drunk Women Behind the Wheel Says NHTSA

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption]At an event today kicking off a nationwide anti-drunk driving enforcement campaign, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that shows an increasing trend among women driving under the influence of alcohol.  The new analysis is based on an increase in the number of alcohol-impaired female drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 compared to the 2007 statistics.  “Impaired driving is an issue that cuts across all segments of society and, sadly, the number of arrests of women driving under the influence is on the...

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Supreme Court Ruling Bad for Red-Light Cameras

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption]Red light camera and speed camera manufacturers fear that last month's US Supreme Court ruling in the case Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts could create legal turmoil for the industry. The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running issued a statement yesterday warning that the ruling has armed motorists with a greater ability to challenge the basis of automated traffic citations. Speed cameras, for example, depend heavily on legal faith in a certificate that claims to confirm the total reliability of a machine's speed reading. In the Melendez-Diaz case, the high court ruled that merely producing...

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R.C. 4511.22 Slow Speed

Image via Wikipedia(A) No person shall stop or operate a vehicle, trackless trolley, or street car at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when stopping or reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or to comply with law.(B) Whenever the director of transportation or local authorities determine on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation that slow speeds on any part of a controlled-access highway, expressway, or freeway consistently impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, the director or...

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Ohio Changes Traffic Laws

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="108" caption="Image by liangjinjian via Flickr"][/caption]House Bill 2 changed the traffic laws of Ohio dramatically.  Here is a summary which can be found at the Ohio Department of Public Safety's website: http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/.  Three of the major legal changes are listed below. 1. Increase in speed limits for motor vehicles weighing in excess of eight thousand pounds empty weight or a noncommercial bus from the current 55 to 65 mph.  The new uniform limit would apply on certain interstate highways.  Citations for such vehicle violations will be issues as a violation of...

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Buckeye Traffic Information

Image via WikipediaA great web site for travelers is www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.  The site is run by the Ohio Department of Transportation and gives updates on weather, traffic, construction and other driver-relevant information.  If you want to know more about traffic laws within the State of Ohio, please contact traffic attorney Charles M. Rowland II at 937-879-9542 ...

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