The latest roll call information from the Bryan Police Department
Welcome Melissa Ritta
from Archbold was sworn in on February 18, 2015 by Mayor Johnson as a part-time
Dispatcher for the Bryan Police/Fire Department.
Saint Patrick's Day - March 17, 2015 Drunk Driving Prevention
Be a Saint.
Patrick’s Day Is One of the Deadliest Days of the Year Because of Drunk
[Bryan Ohio]—St. Patrick's
Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no
amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17
has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in
drunk-driving fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2013 (6 p.m., March 16
to 5:59 a.m., March 18), more than a third (40%) of all crash fatalities
involved drunk drivers. The night of March 17—St. Patrick’s Day—was
especially bad. In the post-celebration hours between midnight and 5:59 a.m.
March 18, half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. And we’re not
just talking about a little bit too much to drink here; from 2009 to 2013,
almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day
involved drivers who were twice the legal limit. So whether you’re buzzed or
drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t matter. NHTSA wants to remind
everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober.In 2013, there were
31 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day. All in all,
during the St. Patty’s Day period from 2009 to 2013, there have been 276
drunk-driving fatalities. Every one of those lives was lost because of bad
Bryan Police offered this
advice to partygoers: “Get ahead of the decision this year. If you know
you’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol, then figure out a
plan ahead of time for how you’ll get home. Don’t wait until you’re too
buzzed to decide, and don’t let your friends drive drunk.” Buzzed Driving Is
Drunk Driving, so if you have anything to drink, count on a sober friend, taxi,
or public transportation to drive you home safely. Not drinking? Maybe this St.
Patrick’s Day, you’ll be the saint who drives your friends sober.
The bottom line is this: Too
many Americans fail to designate sober drivers. NHTSA is working hard to make
sure every driver knows the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking.
According to NHTSA, in 2013 on average one person was killed every 52 minutes in
a drunk-driving crash in the United States. That totaled 10,076
drunk-driving fatalities that year. Let’s
make 2015 different. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St.
NOW: Even if you don’t have
plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else to. Save the number of
a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.
WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS: A sober driver is an essential part of any party plan. Once you know where you’ll celebrate, decide whether you’re drinking or driving. You can only choose one.
ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer,
leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you’re the designated
driver, don’t drink. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP
(very important partygoer) status online using the hashtag #designateddriver.
Only drive sober or ride with a sober driver.
Drunk driving has fatal consequences. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police immediately. You could save a life.
Welcome Alexandra Smith
The Bryan Police Department has a new Police/Fire Dispatcher. Alexandra Smith was sworn in on Tuesday February 3, 2015 by Mayor Douglas Johnson.
Protecting Your Identity From
Tax Time Scams
These are the important
things to remember to protect yourself from scams all the year long, but
especially at tax time:
• The IRS never calls you
or sends you email. According to the IRS web site, you will never receive an
email or telephone communication from them requesting personal information. The
IRS does business the old fashioned way; though ...the mail. If you receive an
email or phone call that seems to be from the IRS, don’t respond. For phone
calls, hang up and call 1-800-829-1040 and ask about the call you received. You
will find that it did not come from the IRS. If you receive an email claiming to
be from the IRS, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then delete it.
• Know what’s required.
The IRS never requires additional forms or information to be submitted for you
to receive your refund from them. Normal tax return forms are sufficient and
include all of the information that the IRS needs from you. You should not be
asked to fill out additional forms before your refund is “released”.
• Beware of paper
communications, too. No scams have been reported that are regular mail-based,
however, you should always be aware of the dangers that are inherent to postal
mail. Protect your identity by using safe mail handling practices. A few tax
scams have been reported that ask you to fax information back. The IRS never
• Know who you’re hiring.
If you plan to hire someone to prepare your taxes, make sure you know who it is.
Many online tax preparation companies spring up around tax time, some of them
nothing more than a scam. Even real world tax preparation services can be
criminals. Take the time to check out any tax preparation service before you
give them access to your personal and financial information.
• Protect your computer. If
you plan to file your taxes online, be sure you have current anti-virus, anti-spyware,
and firewall protection installed. This applies even if you’re not filing your
taxes online. Also be sure to password protect files before storing them on a
hard drive or transmitting them electronically.
Tax time is stressful enough.
Don’t let identity theft make it any more stressful than it has to be.
Especially at this time of year, know how to protect yourself from identity
theft, and what information to protect. When you get your refund check, you’ll
be glad you did. (28)
4511.213 Approaching stationary public safety vehicle displaying emergency light.
(A) The driver of a motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service vehicle, vehicle used by the public utilities commission to conduct motor vehicle inspections in accordance with sections 4923.04 and 4923.06 of the Revised Code, or a highway maintenance vehicle that is displaying the appropriate visual signals by means of flashing, oscillating, or rotating lights, as prescribed in section 4513.17 of the Revised Code, shall do either of the following:
(1) If the driver of the motor vehicle is traveling on a highway that consists of at least two lanes that carry traffic in the same direction of travel as that of the driver's motor vehicle, the driver shall proceed with due caution and, if possible and with due regard to the road, weather, and traffic conditions, shall change lanes into a lane that is not adjacent to that of the stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service vehicle, vehicle used by the public utilities commission to conduct motor vehicle inspections in accordance with sections 4923.04 and 4923.06 of the Revised Code, or a highway maintenance vehicle.
(2) If the driver is not traveling on a highway of a type described in division (A)(1) of this section, or if the driver is traveling on a highway of that type but it is not possible to change lanes or if to do so would be unsafe, the driver shall proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle, and maintain a safe speed for the road, weather, and traffic conditions.
(B) This section does not relieve the driver of a public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service vehicle, vehicle used by the public utilities commission to conduct motor vehicle inspections in accordance with sections 4923.04 and 4923.06 of the Revised Code, or a highway maintenance vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons and property upon the highway.
(C) No person shall fail to drive a motor vehicle in compliance with division (A)(1) or (2) of this section when so required by division (A) of this section.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(2) Notwithstanding section 2929.28 of the Revised Code, upon a finding that a person operated a motor vehicle in violation of division (C) of this section, the court, in addition to all other penalties provided by law, shall impose a fine of two times the usual amount imposed for the violation.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 57, SB 137, §1, eff. 12/19/2013.
Effective Date: 01-01-2004; 2009 HB2 07-01-2009
Related Legislative Provision: See 130th General Assembly File No. 57, SB 137, §4.
About every 3 hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.
N.J. Suspect Arrested After Stopping for Coffee
LODI, N.J. (AP) — Police arrested a man suspected of robbing a bank in New Jersey after they say he stopped for a cup of coffee a block away.
Police say a man wearing a fedora hat approached a teller at the Hudson City Savings Bank in Lodi on Monday, placed a BB-gun on the counter and demanded money. The man fled with $4,000.
Maywood Police Chief David Pegg tells The Record newspaper an officer spotted a man matching the description of the suspect near the entrance of a Dunkin Donuts drinking coffee.
Pegg says after talking to 38-year-old Michael Cassano, officers discovered the gun and the cash.
The Oakland Gardens, New York, resident is charged with robbery and two weapons offenses.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com
2014 Traffic crashes for the City of Bryan
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