New Law Will Keep Points From Piling Up

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. Bob Taft has signed a bill that gives speeding drivers a better chance of keeping their licenses.

The legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Oelslager, a Canton Republican, removes previous violations as a factor in determining points against a driver's license.

For example, a person going 85 miles an hour in a 65 zone would receive two points against his license, whether it was a violation for the first or fourth time.

The bill also lessens the penalty for those convicted of being under the influence of alcohol in a parked car. Instead of a three-day jail sentence or license suspension, they will face a possible fine and court costs.

The new law takes effect on Jan. 1.

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