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What are 'party plates' in Ohio?

Consider it the new version of the old-fashioned "scarlet letter" when you see bright yellow plates with red lettering on an Ohioan's car.If you don't know this already, you should.

How to handle a traffic stop when you've taken cold medication

Cold season is one of the most difficult times for people everywhere, especially if you have to drive. Not only can your cold leave you feeling thick-headed and dull your reflexes, cold medications can actually lead to a charge of "operating a vehicle while impaired."

Will ignition interlock bill be passed before the end of current session?

State lawmakers permanently altered the legal landscape back in 2008 when they passed a measure, ultimately signed into law by then-Governor Ted Strickland, requiring ignition interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of anyone convicted of repeat drunk driving offenses.

Factors that impact the accuracy of a breath test

Drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol may be asked to take a breath test. If you should find yourself in this position, you may try to explain to the police officer who stopped you that you have not been drinking. However, the results of breathalyzer testing may show that you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. In the state of Ohio, this is sufficient for you to be charged with Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI).

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