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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "traffic law" (Page 5)

Drugged Driving Defense: The ARIDE Program

Drugged Driving defense attorneys are going to have to learn about the ARIDE program.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ARIDE course is described as a bridge between the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) courses.  ARIDE, which stands for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, is a 16-hour course that claims to teach officers how to look for signs of drug impairment (drugged driving) during traffic stops.  The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, while the DEC/DRE program provides more advanced training to evaluate suspected...

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Pay Your Ticket Online At The Fairborn Municipal Court

The Fairborn Municipal Court allows you to pay your tickets online.  The following excerpts are taken directly from the Fairborn Municipal Court website and are meant to help you access this service.Ohio law allows certain traffic citations to be resolved by a Traffic Violations Bureau instead of appearing in Court. If your citation qualifies, payment can be made to the Fairborn Municipal Court either in person, by mail, or now online, as long as it is received by the Fairborn Municipal Court Clerk's office prior to the Court date and time which can be found on the bottom of your...

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Ohio DUI Defense: The Top 10 DUI Defenses

Your Ohio DUI defense attorney should be familiar with these "TOP 10" defenses to an Ohio DUI.1. Hire The Best DUI Attorney: The most important decision that you can make in defending your case is hiring the right Ohio DUI defense attorney.  Ohio DUI defense involves understanding Ohio's DUI law, the Ohio Administrative Code, the breath test device, standardized field sobriety testing (administration and interpretation) and all manners of science which may affect your case.  Ohio DUI defense begins with an attorney who has the experience to fight your case, the scientific knowledge to attack in the right places, and the skill...

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There’s A New Standardized Field Sobriety Tests “Guide”

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are commonly known as the roadside activities that police officers ask drivers to perform if the officer suspects that the driver is impaired by alcohol or another impairing substance. We call them "stupid human tricks."  Contrary to popular understanding and belief, many of these tests have little basis in science, and the ones that do are frequently performed incorrectly.NHTSA has developed a new "GUIDE" in assessing Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  The new (March, 2013) version focuses more on having law enforcement recognize and administer tests to determine impaired driving by substances other than alcohol.  No new scientific studies...

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What Are (And What Are Not) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

The dream of implementing Standardized Field Sobriety Tests has long been a goal of law enforcement.  Extensive government testing was begun in the 1970's to determine a scientifically valid way of helping police officers detect intoxication in drivers under suspicion of drunk driving.  Prior to this undertaking, officers were doing their best to gather evidence of drunk driving, or simply not arresting for the offense due to the difficulty of proving impairment in court.  Some more ingenious tests included throwing coins on ground; if the suspect could pick them up without falling over, they must be sober.  Other popular tests that...

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Marked Lanes Violations & Traffic Stops

When can a police officer make a stop for a marked lanes violation? In State v. Houck, 2011-Ohio-6359, Ohio's Fifth Appellate District considered the legal standards required to stop a person for a marked lanes violation. See O.R.C. 4511.33 “In Ohio, when a driver commits only a de minimis marked-lanes violation, there must be some other evidence to suggest impairment before an officer is justified in stopping the vehicle. See State v. Gullett (1992), 78 Ohio App.3d 138, 145, 604 N.E.2d 176, 180–181. In Gullett, the Fourth District Court of Appeals concluded that the mere crossing of an edge line on two...

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Marked Lane Violation Overturned By Third District Court of Appeals

State v. Shaffer, 2013-Ohio-3581 Overturns Marked Lane ViolationIn a decision that will impact many OVI cases, the Third District Court of Appeals ruled that a trooper did not have a “reasonable, articulable” suspicion to stop a Paulding County woman for a marked lanes violation. O.R.C. 4511.33.   Accordingly, her convictions for reckless operation and failure to drive within the marked lanes were reversed.In the court’s unanimous decision, authored by Judge Stephen R. Shaw, the court agreed with Shaffer’s claims “that Trooper Sisco’s testimony that a vehicle’s tires touched the white fog line on a single occasion, causing the right fender of the...

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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 the statute has been interpreted or applied, call Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or read about the specific Ohio DUI law at the Ohio DUI Law Blog.Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI); O.R.C. 4511.19 This is Ohio's drunk driving statute (Ohio's DUI law).  It is a...

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OVI Checkpoints: The Reason To Get Rid Of Checkpoints & Cameras

The Reason to Get Rid of OVI Checkpoints & Cameras?  Glad You Asked. In his book Why People Obey The Law, legal scholar Tom Tyler argues that compliance with the law has less to do with deterrence (fear of penalty) than with the rational decision that complying with the law is in a person's self-interest.  More important to their compliance is the decision that following the law is the right thing to do.  Having the biggest impact on their perception of the law is the belief in the legitimacy of the authority.  "People who go to traffic court are less concerned...

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Alcohol’s Impact On Motorcycle Operation

It is harder to control a motorcycle than it is to drive a car.  The motorcycle requires a need for greater coordination and balance.  Motorcycle accidents also carries a considerably greater risk of injury or death.  An assessment of operating performance of experienced motorcyclists using a motorcycle simulator reveal positive correlations between potentially fatal errors and breath alcohol levels well below the then-accepted legal limit of intoxication of 0.10 g/dL (Colburn et al., 1993).  Performance decrements were noted as BAC increased from 0.038-0.059 g/dL (Robinson et al., 1990).Motorcyclists drink at a higher percentage than car/truck drivers, but the motorcycle operators...

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