A new law in Ohio allows drivers to go through red lights in certain circumstances when the light is not functioning properly. The legislature expanded Revised Code § 4511.132, which addressed operating a vehicle at an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic control signal light, to include situations where the traffic control light may be working, but the vehicle detector has failed to detect the presence of a vehicle.
The bitter cold weather has arrived here in Ohio and it doesn't appear it's going away anytime soon. Before the day begins, you may be inclined to start your car to warm it up and leave it unattended to finish getting ready for work. Many people do this. And they probably don't know they're breaking the law.
Often times our clients who receive a traffic citation-whether it be for speeding or an OVI-face collateral consequences from the BMV as a result of a conviction. The two most frequent issues we see from the BMV are insurance suspensions and/or 12 point suspensions.
In 2012, Ohio enacted its first ban on texting while driving. This law prohibits drivers from writing, sending and even reading a text-based communication. This ban covers not only text messages but emails as well. The statute does allow drivers to receive messages regarding navigation-so GPS and mobile traffic apps appear safe. However, checking your texts or email at a red light or while stuck in traffic is a violation of this statute; the vehicle must be stationary and outside a lane of travel. A violation of this law is a minor misdemeanor and carries a maximum possible fine of $150.
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The lawfulness of New Miami traffic cameras is back in question after a recent decision by a Butler County Judge.