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December 2017 Archives

Ohio BMV's random selection program

According to Ohio's Financial Responsibility Act (FRA), vehicle owners are not allowed to operate, nor permit another to operate, their vehicle without insurance. Proof of financial responsibility must be maintained throughout the vehicle's registration period and for other drivers who operate the vehicle. To ensure compliance with the FRA, The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has a random selection program in place, through which 5,400 registered vehicles per week are chosen at random and the owners are asked to provide proof of insurance for a specific date.

Winter season affects car accident risk in Ohio

Weather conditions, especially during the Ohio winter months, can negatively affect driver performance and crash risk. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), there are an average of 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year, 22 percent of which are weather-related. Approximately 6,000 fatalities and 445,000 injuries are attributable to adverse weather conditions.

Drunk driving accidents and the holiday season

The holiday season is now upon us here in Hamilton County. During the holiday season, many people enjoy getting together with friends and celebrating. These get-togethers often involve alcohol and while most people are responsible when it comes to their drinking, occasionally a driver makes a bad decision and drives after they have been drinking.

Drunk driving accidents in Hamilton County

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 3,637 people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Ohio from 2003 to 2012. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car, truck, pedestrian and motorcycle accidents in Hamilton County remain a major public safety concern.

What if a truck driver crashes while talking on a cell phone?

Most Cincinnati residents probably recognize that talking on the cell phone or texting while trying to drive is not a very smart idea. In addition to being distracted just by the conversation, a person can also even have his hands off of the wheel, not to mention his eyes off of the road, while trying to dial a number or respond to that last instant message. There is no doubt that this kind of behavior can cause a serious crash.

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