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Oct. 2, 2009
Supreme Court Adopts Changes to Traffic Rules, Traffic Ticket

The Supreme Court of Ohio today announced the adoption of several amendments to the Ohio Traffic Rules and a revised traffic ticket. Justices voted 7-0 in approving the amendments and ticket revisions.

The amendments become effective Jan. 1, 2010, while the ticket becomes mandatory July 1, 2010. Jurisdictions are permitted to use current tickets until supplies run out before ordering and using the revised ticket.

The changes – which were recommended by the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure – streamline some procedures in traffic cases and promote judicial economy by allowing for fewer trips to the courthouse for offenders and fewer hearings for judges. For instance, the revisions:

Revisions to the Multi-Court Uniform Traffic Ticket remove all but four digits of a defendant’s Social Security number to address identity theft concerns, conform to new rules regarding public access to court records and recognize that Ohio’s new operator’s licenses do not contain Social Security numbers.

Additional changes include more space for the citing officer to include prior OVI convictions to aid courts and law enforcement in identifying a habitual offender. The new form also includes an additional signature line if the charging officer who cites the defendant and issuing officer who serves the ticket are different.

Access the complete text of the amendments.

Access the new ticket.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.

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