Traffic violations are a top priority for law enforcement in Ohio. One of the key reasons for this is to prevent fatal accidents that occur almost on a daily basis.
However, there is a balance to be struck between law enforcement doing their job and individuals having the right to go about their day without interference. The police can’t just pull you over for no reason. They are also not entitled to discriminate against you.
Seeing blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror can be a daunting experience, especially if you’ve had no dealings with law enforcement in the past. What are some of the more common reasons why the police may opt to pull you over?
Using your cellphone
In Ohio, texting while driving is considered a dangerous distraction and the state has legislated against it. It’s unlawful for any road user to operate their cell phone while at the helm of a moving vehicle. Texting while driving gives law enforcement a legitimate reason to stop you.
Speed limits have also been implemented in the state of Ohio, with the aim of reducing deadly accidents. If you’re caught going over the limit, even accidentally, law enforcement is likely to pull you over. Depending on how much you are alleged to have exceeded the limit, the potential consequences will vary.
The condition of your vehicle
In Ohio, your vehicle is expected to be road worthy. If law enforcement notices a missing tail light or damage to the exterior of the vehicle, they could pull you over to conduct further inquiries.
If police officers have reason to suspect you of drinking, you could face a Breathalyzer test and potential OVI charges. It’s important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. Being pulled over in itself does not mean you have committed a crime. Having legal guidance on your side will help you to assert your rights.