Putting the Brakes on Traffic Cameras

Last week in Hamilton County, Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled that the traffic cameras installed in the village of Elmwood Place (Pop. 2188) run afoul under the law. He ultimately determined that the local traffic camera ordinance is invalid and unenforceable. His ruling is in line with what most motorists in Ohio already think: red light and speeding cameras do nothing to reduce traffic violations and merely exist as money makers for the cities in which they’re installed.

Now legislators in Columbus, from both sides of the aisle, are proposing legislation to ban these cameras across the state. At this time, there is no state law allowing or prohibiting these traffic cameras from existing. These cameras are currently operating in Cleveland, Parma, Akron, East Cleveland, Ashtabula, Columbus, and Toledo. Although they won’t add any points to your license if they catch you, they will set you back around $100 a pop.

If you have been issued a red light or speeding ticket, whether by camera or cop, contact our office to see how Attorney Robert Botnick can fight for you.

DWT: Driving While Texting – Now Illegal in Ohio

It’s been coming for a while. It’s been popping up in communities all over. Now it’s a state law. Starting today, August 31, 2012, driving while texting is a secondary traffic offense for adults and a primary offense for juveniles. Although the police can only issue warnings until March 1, after that date getting caught working your thumbs behind the wheel will cost you at least $150. For teens, it means losing your license for 60 days the first time you get caught!

As if that wasn’t harsh enough, if you get caught in¬†Beachwood, Brooklyn, North Olmsted, North Royalton, South Euclid, Walton Hills and Woodmere even talking on the phone you’re looking at a huge headache. University Heights is even passing on posting signs for their new law because of the new state-wide one.

My advice: use bluetooth if you have to drive and talk. Or just put the phone away until you get to your destination. You can be saving yourself some money, possible points on your license, and perhaps the lives of your fellow commuters.

How Points On Your License Affect Your Insurance

This afternoon I was speaking with one of my new clients about a speeding ticket she just received. We were discussing how much it might cost to just pay off her ticket rather than hire a lawyer to go to court with her. I advised her how I will do everything I can to get rid of the points for her, as I have done for clients in the past.

When discussing the situation with her points she told me how she called her insurance company to see what kind of impact they would have. Her insurance company told her that her premiums would go up by 65% over the next 3 years!

This is exactly why she, and everyone else, needs an attorney in court to face these tickets. That’s why I am going to fight for her! That’s just what The Botnick Law Firm does for our clients!