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Grace Period Ended for Ohio Texting-While-Driving Ban

Posted on: March 04, 2013

The grace period for Ohio's texting-while-driving ban is at an end.  Law enforcement may now issue citations instead of mere warnings for violations of the law.

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 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 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 wrinting, sending or reading text messages.  Adults may still talk on their phones.  An offense is a minor misdemeanor with the possibility of up to a $150 fine.

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OSBA Opposes Expansion of Sales Tax to Legal Services

Posted on: March 04, 2013

The Ohio State Bar Association has voted unanimously to oppose the Ohio budget proposal which would impose sales taxes to legal services provided in the state.

See the following link for a discussion of why such a tax would impose undue burdens on Ohio consumers and violate attorney-client privilege:

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Mariemont OVI/DUI Drunk Driving Checkpoint on March 16, 2013

Posted on: March 15, 2013

The Village of Mariemont in Hamilton County, Ohio will be the site of the OVI / DUI drunk driving checkpoint operated by the Hamilton County OVI Task Force on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  The exact hours of operation and location will be announced on Saturday morning.  Drive safely this St. Patrick's Day weekend!

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Cincinnati OVI/DUI Checkpoint Tonight

Posted on: March 22, 2013

An OVI / DUI drunk driving checkpoint will be held in the City of Cincinnati tonight (Friday, March 22, 2013) at 190 E. McMillan Street from 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.  Drive safely!

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