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Ohio Texting-While-Driving Ban Now in Effect

Posted on: August 31, 2012

Ohio's texting-while-driving ban is now in effect.  The ban is one of the country's most restrictive for minors, making it illegal for those under eighteen years of age to use any hand-held electronic device for any reason while driving.  The ban applies even when drivers are stuck in traffic or stopped at a red light.  Exceptions to the ban are made for pre-programmed voice-operated or hands-free GPS devices, using the devices while stationary and outside a lane of travel, and for bona fide calls to emergency personnel.  

For minors, that means no calling, no texting, no looking up directions on a GPS device, no e-mails, no videogames, no surfing the web, no use of laptops and tablets, and no changing songs on an ipod.

The law classifies a violation as a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement personnel can pull-over minors who are suspected of being in violation of the law.  Penalties for a first offense include a fine of $150 and a license suspension of 60 days.  A second offense may bring a $300 fine and a license suspension of one year.

For adults, the state law prohibits drivers from writing, sending or reading text messages.  An offense is a minor misdemeanor with the possibility of up to a $150 fine.

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Clermont County and Hamilton County OVI / DUI Drunk Driving Checkpoints Tonight, August 31, 2012

Posted on: August 31, 2012

The Hamilton County OVI drunk driving checkpoint for Friday, August 31, 2012 will be held on US-42 (Lebanon Road) in Sharonville from 10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.  This is the third weekend in a row for a checkpoint in Hamilton County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will also conduct an OVI checkpoint tonight in Clermont County on SR-28 east of Buckwheat Road in Miami Township. Drive safely! 

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"Black Boxes" for Automobiles

Posted on: August 14, 2012

Black Boxes, the data recording devices used in commercial aviation, may be coming to new vehicles soon.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that new federal standards for automobile data recorders will take effect as planned this year.

For now, the standards for the devices that record information preceding auto collisions or other events only apply to vehicles that have been voluntarily equipped.  Such information may be useful in determining fault in contested accidents.  It may also provide insurers with information relative to underwriting.

The NHTSA has publicly considered requiring all vehicles to have black boxes installed.  However, Congress has not yet taken action to approve such a plan amid opposition from privacy groups and auto manufacturers.

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Two OVI Drunk Driving Checkpoints Tonight in Cincinnati and Fairfield

Posted on: August 17, 2012

The August 17, 2012 Cincinnati OVI drunk driving checkpoint will be held at 2700 River Road (U.S. 50) west of downtown from 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

The Butler County checkpoint will be held on Nilles Road in the City of Fairfield from 11:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. 

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Two OVI / DUI Checkpoints in Colerain Township and Fairfield Tonight

Posted on: August 24, 2012

There will be two OVI / DUI drunk driving checkpoints in the Greater Cincinnati area tonight.  Butler County's checkpoint will be held in the City of Fairfield on Ohio State Route 4 from 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.  Hamilton County's checkpoint will be held in Colerain Township in the 7600 block of Colerain Avenue from 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Drive safely!

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Third Weekend in a Row for Hamilton County OVI / DUI Checkpoint

Posted on: August 27, 2012

This Friday, August 31st, the Hamilton County OVI taskforce will conduct another OVI / DUI drunk driving checkpoint somewhere in Hamilton County, Ohio. This is the third weekend in a row for checkpoints in Hamilton County in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Location and time details will be released later in the week. Drive safely!

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Clermont County Asian Longhorned Beetle Quarantine Expanded

Posted on: August 27, 2012

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has announced the expansion of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Quarantine Zone to 61 square miles in Clermont County, Ohio.  The movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots, and branches is now prohibited in the quarantine zone in an effort to prevent the spread of the non-native wood boring species.  A map of the additional 268 parcels of property in Batavia and Stonelick Township as well as a description of the beetle can be found at the following link:

The quarantine also restricts the sale of nursery stock, green lumber, and logs of the following trees: maple, horse chestnut, buckeye, mimosa, birch, hackberry, ash, golden raintree, katsura, sycamore, poplar, willow, mountain ash, and elm.

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