Many Ohio suspensions unrelated to driving

Many Ohio suspensions unrelated to driving

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Twenty-five percent of the driver license suspensions in Ohio are the result of offenses that are not related to operating a motor vehicle, according to a newspaper analysis.

The Dayton Daily News reported in a Sunday story that 39 percent of the 9.9 million license suspensions from 2006 to 2009 were for drivers who had no car insurance, and another 36 percent were for other driving-related issues. The rest had nothing to do with driving infractions.

Among the suspensions not related to driving are about 616,000 revocations for people who failed to pay child support, according to the newspaper's review of Ohio Department of Public Safety data.

"The intent of license suspensions was to get bad drivers off the road," said Montgomery County Sheriff Phillip Plummer. "But there are so many sanctions now, some of them counterproductive."

The state has 46 categories of license suspensions. In 2009, the most recent year analyzed, more than 2.6 million suspensions were issued among the state's roughly 7 million licensed drivers.

Vandalia police Chief Douglas Knight said drivers often have multiple suspensions.

"It's not uncommon for them to say to the officer that they knew they'd let their insurance lapse or knew they hadn't paid their reinstatement fees because they just didn't have the money," he said.

Judges say the high number of the suspensions impacts the work of courts.

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