Ohio Supreme Court Traffic Rule amendments

The Ohio Supreme Court’s news service last week posted theannouncement that the Court had adopted  amendments to the Court’sTraffic Rules facilitating the use of electronic tickets by law enforcement in the state.

Traf.R. 3(F) clarifies that a defendant’s signature isn’t necessary on an electronically produced ticket, and that the same rights, responsibilities, and liabilities apply to an officer who signs a ticket electronically as to a paper one.

“Additionally,” the post notes, “the electronic ticket ‘shall conform in all substantive respects’ to the Ohio Uniform Traffic Ticket. If a court adopts local rules allowing the use of electronic tickets, the issuing officer still must provide the defendant with a paper copy of the ticket.”

The amendments take effect January 1, 2014.

Text of Amendments