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When traveling in the left lane is a violation

Traveling on one of Ohio's many state and interstate highways is often an adventure, and not the kind you look forward to. Whether you are a resident of the Buckeye State or you travel here from neighboring states, you have likely found yourself dealing with all kinds of traffic hazards, including texting drivers, reckless drivers and speeders.

Perhaps you prefer to stay as careful as possible, coasting along in the far left lane where it is less crowded and you can maintain a safe speed. However, did you know that misusing the left lane is a traffic violation that may result in negative consequences?

Tips to avoid holiday DUI charges

If you are like most people in Ohio, your holiday season will include its fair share of social events. From work parties to family gatherings and more, you may well find yourself at multiple activities at which alcohol is served. While certainly it is not illegal to have a drink or two and then drive home, the fact of the matter is that the emphasis on preventing extreme instances of drunk driving may well put even the most reasonable behaviors under scrutiny. This could put you at a disadvantage even if you are not actually intoxicated.

The only foolproof way to protect yourself against being arrested for suspected driving under the influence is to not consume any alcohol if you are going to drive a vehicle. It really is that simple. However, if you do have a casual beverage at a holiday party and then drive yourself home, you should know the facts about what happens at a potential DUI stop.

Pilot program for drivers with suspended licenses

Many people in Ohio might think that a driver has to do something extremely grievous in order to have their driver's license suspended. Certainly, the suspension of a driver's license may well be associated with a serious situation but there are also other situations that may lead a person to have their driving privileges suspended that one would not consider serious. These situations can often put people who may already be facing challenges in an even worse situation as they then become forced to pay very high prices to have their driving privileges reinstated.

For a driver who has had a license suspended, a choice must be made. That choice could include taking public transportation but requires that a person live and work in an area where this is truly feasible. Another choice may be to have another person drive them for some time but then they become dependent on others. Both of these things can become not only cumbersome but not sustainable for people who are responsible for others like children or elderly relatives who must be taken to medical appointments.

New law increases penalties for distracted driving

If you are one of the many Ohio drivers who still takes a peek at your cell phone while you are behind the wheel, you have likely heard the many warnings about the dangers involved. Not only are you placing other drivers at risk of an accident, but you are placing yourself at risk of incurring legal penalties if police cite you for texting and driving.

Distracted driving is a problem in every state, and thousands of people suffer injuries from accidents caused by drivers who allow their phones or other distractions to take their attention away from the road. Because of this, local and federal laws continue to tighten, and safety advocates increase their efforts to impress upon drivers the importance of remaining focused when driving.

Traffic violations that could compromise a CDL

When an employer hires people to drive for their company in Ohio, they rely on their fleet of drivers to operate company vehicles in a manner that is safe and responsible. Failure to do so could result in costly consequences for both drivers and the company should an accident occur. Depending on the severity of an accident or traffic violation, a lawsuit could be filed and the company's reputation could be compromised. 

Commercial drivers are required by law to acquire and maintain a CDL that grants them the privileges of operating a larger vehicle. Often, this process requires testing to verify that drivers understand how to safely operate the vehicle they are required to drive. 

What should you know about traffic violations?

In Ohio, there are many different types of traffic violations that a person can be charged with. They also range in severity depending on the action that was allegedly taken, and can impact your life to differing degrees.

FindLaw lists out numerous actions that can be considered traffic violations. Tickets may also be issued for strict liability infractions. This means that no criminal intent is necessary for the ticket to be given. Strict liability infractions that can be ticketed include speeding, parking at an overdue meter, driving with broken headlights, failing to yield, or parking in a handicapped spot without a ticket.

Assessing your case may help you find the best OVI defense

It can be difficult to know the best way to handle certain situations. If you have been accused of drunk driving, you may wonder how you could possibly escape the predicament without facing severe consequences. Of course, the details of your case could play a major part in how you choose to approach your defense against OVI allegations in Ohio.

Though the prosecution has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, your defense presentation could impact the outcomes of your case. Depending on your specific case, you could end up with beneficial results ranging from reduced charges to having them dropped completely. However, the exact outcomes may not be predictable.

It is important to understand the info on your traffic ticket

Traffic tickets can have a greater impact on your life than many people may imagine. Some people may accumulate numerous tickets throughout their driving years and think little of the consequences. On the other hand, you may want to avoid receiving a citation if at all possible. However, if you do receive one, you may also know that tickets can result from mistaken information or for other reasons that make them not entirely applicable.

Additionally, the manner in which an officer obtains information to issue a ticket may not be accurate. For instance, radar guns do not have perfect accuracy, and if you receive a ticket for speeding based on that information, you may have reason to fight against the citation. Really, you can defend against any ticket issued against you if you feel it suits the circumstances.

Jury trial requested in drunk driving case

People in Ohio who have been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense may understandably be concerned about their future and what consequences they may face if they are convicted of a crime. While it can be difficult, it is important to remember at this time that they have the right to defend themselves against all charges under the law.

An example of this can be seen in the case of a man who was arrested recently and charged with an impaired driving offense. As reported by The Vindicator, the man who was arrested is a police officer in Niles. It is not known if he was on duty or off duty at the time of his arrest. The incident happened in the early hours on a Friday morning. The defendant did not submit to a chemical test so no blood alcohol content is known.

Can I get limited driving privileges with a suspended license?

If you get your license suspended in Ohio, you are generally not allowed under any circumstances to drive a motor vehicle. There is a possibility that you could get limited driving privileges from the court in some situations. Generally, these limited privileges are restricted to getting to and from work. The purpose is to enable you to keep employment.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the court has discretion when granting limited driving privileges. Typically, the court can grant you a limited driving license for any reason it feels necessary. However, the law specifically allows for this privilege if you will be driving to court-ordered treatment, work or to take a license examination. In addition, you may be given the right to drive to court for hearings or other required purposes.


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