In Dayton and across Ohio, there are certain times of year that law enforcement will focus on traffic dangers and have a heavier presence on the roads to catch violators. This could be for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), speeding, recklessness, distracted driving and more. Even with the current health situation causing major changes to the way people are traveling, the holidays remain a busy time on the road. As a result, law enforcement used the traditional beginning of the holiday season – Thanksgiving – as a time to have an enforcement blitz.
OVI charges and traffic citations stem from enforcement push
In the campaign, Dayton officers had a larger than normal police presence on the road over Thanksgiving. During that time, they made 111 stops. Of those, 77 people were let off with a warning for a violation. One, however, was arrested and charged with OVI. Thirty-three people were charged with driving while on a suspended license or for not having a license; 12 had seatbelt or child safety violations; nine were speeding. Twenty-nine other citations were for reasons that were not disclosed. The initial idea was to have a sobriety checkpoint, but it was expanded to include seeking out drivers who were committing various traffic violations.
Criminal defense may help with OVI and traffic offenses
Because these tactics are likely to continue throughout the holiday season, it is inevitable that people will be stopped, arrested and cited for traffic offenses. Depending on the severity, there can be various penalties. For example, an OVI conviction can result in jail, fines, lost driving privileges and other challenges. Being cited for speeding might lead to points on the driver’s license, the possibility of increased insurance rates and more.
Although these allegations can be problematic and people frequently believe they have little recourse, there are effective defenses that can reduce the charges or even result in a dismissal. For an OVI, the driver might not have been under the influence or the testing procedure could have been faulty. With traffic offenses, there may be alternatives to avoid the consequences of a speeding ticket, a seatbelt violation and other reasons for the ticket. Before accepting the arrest or citation without protest, it is imperative to think about the possible avenues to fight the charges. Consulting with a legal professional experienced in criminal defense, OVI and traffic issues may be able to help.