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Types of Ohio Driving Suspensions

Alcohol and drug-related suspensions
  • ALS positive test - Comes out of an arrest due to driving when one tests over a legal limit for a prohibited substance.  ALS means Administrative License Suspension.
  • ALS refusal - Comes out of an arrest due to driving while under the influence.  Here one did not take the test and is subject to the resulting automatic suspension.
  • OVI suspension - After being found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence a variety of OVI suspensions can be applied depending on prior offenses.
  • Habitual use of alcohol or drugs - After three or more OVIs you get this as an add-on suspension.
  • In-state drug-related offense - This is added after a conviction for a number of drug-related crimes.
  • Operating a vehicle after underage consumption - this is added for someone under 21 who operates while under the influence.
  • Physical control while intoxicated - This is for those who escape an OVI by pleading to the lesser physical control.
  • Juvenile suspensions - This is applied after a juvenile is convicted of a drug-related offense.
  • Liquor law violation - This follows a juvenile conviction for purchasing alcohol.
  • Probationary license suspension - This applies to juveniles drinking and has a couple of variants depending on how high the test showed the driver to be.
  • Probationary license suspension P2 or P3 - If a juvenile has two or three underage drinking convictions, this is applied.
  • Underage tobacco violation - Having cigarettes when under eighteen years of age.
Other suspensions
  • High school suspension - In order to insure someone who is unable to continue in high school also cannot drive, this suspension is applied.
  • Judgment Suspension - A civil court judgment that remains unpaid causes this suspension.  This is typically from an accident where restitution was not paid.
  • Bond forfeiture - If you skip out on your bond, they suspend your driver's license.
  • Medical and medical restriction - This can come from flunking the vision test, an order from a doctor or a law enforcement agency demanding you be retested.
  • National driver registry, problem driver pointer system - Comes from trying to get an Ohio driver's license while you were suspended in another state.
  • Noncompliance - You did not prove you had insurance when you were stopped and given a ticket, had a traffic crash or were randomly selected.
  • Security suspension - You get this after an accident report shows you do not have insurance.
  • Twelve points in two years - See the point chart (CLICK HERE and then use your "back" button to return).
  • Violation of a restriction - This is from driving against a restriction, like not wearing glasses if you are required by your license.
  • Warrant block - If you have a warrant with a court, that court puts this suspension on your license.
  • Weapon on school property - If you are convicted for having a weapon on school property, the state suspends your driver's license.
  • Child support - If you aren't paying your child support, that agency causes your license to be suspended.
  • Failure to make an accident report - Failure to report a motor vehicle accident to the state.
Types of administrative hearings
  • Security suspension
  • Noncompliance suspension
  • Random selection suspension
Probationary license suspensions are optional for:
  • VEHICULAR HOMICIDE
  • HIT SKIP/LEAVE SCENE
  • DRAG RACING
  • FLEE/ELUDE OFFICER
  • STOP SIGN
  • TRAF CONTROL LIGHTS
  • VIO-RR CROSSING
  • TRAF CONT DEV/SIGNS
  • HIT-SKIP PRIVATE PROPERTY
  • VEHICULAR ASSAULT
  • SPEED
  • SLOW SPEED
  • FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE
  • SPEED 4511.21D
  • DISREGARD OF SAFETY
  • DISREGARD SAF PRI/PROP
  • VIO-ONE WAY TRAF
  • DRIVING LT OF CENTER
  • CROSSING YELLOW LINE
  • FTY EMRG VEH/FUNERAL
  • RT SIDE OF ROADWAY
  • CROSSING DIVIDED HWY
  • VIO-TRAF LANES/LINES
  • FTY RIGHT OF WAY
  • OPP VEH TRAF VIO
  • IMPROPER PASSING
  • VIO-WHEN BNG PASSED
  • STOPPED SCH BUS VIO
  • W/O DUE REGARD PRIV PR
  • RECKLESS OPER/PRIV PR
  • WITHOUT DUE REGARD
  • UNSAFE OPERATION
  • RECKLESS OPERATION
  • DISOBEY POLICE ORDER
  • ASSURED CLEAR DIST
  • VIO-STARTING BACKING
  • PROHIBITED U TURN
  • IMPROPER/PROHIB TURN
  • VIO-TURN SIGNALS
  • FAILURE TO TURN
  • FAIL-CONT-4511.202
  • AGGR VEHICULAR HOMICIDE
  • AGGR VEH ASSAULT W/ALC
  • AGGRAVATED VEH ASSAULT
  • VEH HOMICIDE W/ALCOHOL
  • STREET RACING
Reinstatement fees
  • OVI - $475.00
  • Non compliance
    • Incident or accident - first offense - $75.00
    • Second offense in five years - $250.00
    • Third offense in five years - $500.00
  • Non-resident reinstatement - $12.50
  • Vehicle registration (immobilization) - $100.00

 

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More than 1 out of 10 Ohio drivers are under suspension

It is estimated that one out of ten Ohio drivers are under suspension.  The Cincinnati Enquirer learned of this by examining records on Ohio drivers and they found twelve percent were suspended.  That compares to six percent  in Kentucky and four percent in Indiana (citation).  That means that over 154,000 drivers are under suspension in Cuyahoga County alone (citation).

In 2009 the state had more than 2.6 million suspensions over 7.35 million drivers.  That's one suspension for every three drivers.  In some counties, like Montgomery County (Dayton, Ohio) the rate is one suspension per two licenses (citation).

 

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