Judge explains license intervention program

Staff report

SIDNEY — Sidney Municipal Court Judge Duane Goettemoeller discussed various programs in his court during the Governor’s Community Traffic Safety Network of Shelby County’s recent meeting.

He talked about the license intervention program. He said there have been 362 cases from the city, county and Ohio Highway Patrol sent to the court. They were cited for having no operator’s license or driving under suspension. The goal, he said, is for the person to get a valid driver’s license and pay court costs.

From January to June 116 cases were heard in the court. Eighty-nine of the cases were successful as the person was able to get a valid license and paid court costs. Thirty-four of the cases were unsuccessful. there were still 63 cases pending in court.

Insurance issues, he said, are a big problem for the people he sees

In 2010, there were 252 cases in court with 187 successfully completing the program. In 2011, there were 204 cases in the court and 163 successfully completed the program. In 2012, there were 199 cases, with 113 completing the program. In 2013, there were 239 cases with 149 successful; in 2014, 408 cases with 234 successful; and in 2015, 332 cases with 200 successful.

Reports were given by the Sidney Police Department, Sidney Fire Department, Ohio Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation.

Traffic statistics for Sidney through July 1 included one fatality, 349 accidents, 57 operating a vehicle while under the influence, 751 citations, 268 citations for no operator’s license or driving under suspension, 3,705 traffic stops and 13,628 calls for service.

The OHP statistics from April 1 to July 1 included 1,358 traffic stops, 186 reckless operations incidents, 63 crash reports with property damage, nine crash reports with personal injury, two traffic jams/road blocked, 308 disabled vehicles, 53 hazardous incidents and 20 unsafe vehicle or unsecured loads.

Sidney Fire Department statistics included 788 EMS calls and 231 fire calls for the second quarter of the year.

Staff report