Redfern says Law protects boaters from arbitrary searches
State Representative Chris Redfern (D- Catawba Island) said last week the legislature’s passage of House Bill 29 would do away with random searches of boats on Ohio’s waterways and subject such searches to the same laws and regulations established for motor vehicles in the state.
“There is no reason that peaceful, law-abiding citizens enjoying Lake Erie should be subjected to random and arbitrary stops,” said Rep. Redfern. “We wouldn't think to tolerate this on land because such practices are fraught with opportunities for abuse. These random stops can undermine public confidence in law enforcement. Ultimately, the perception that enforcement is unfair can also undermine the ability of officers to best do their jobs by denying them our full confidence.”
Under the new provisions, law enforcement would only stop vessels if they had reasonable suspicion that the boat or operator is in violation of Watercraft and Waterways Law or engaged in criminal activity.
Gov, John Kasich was expected to sign the bill last week.
The bill was introduced by Representative Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) and cosponsored by Rep. Redfern.
State rep at fair
On July 15, State Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) will be at the Ottawa County Fair and available for a question and answer session. The public is invited to meet with the senator and discuss agriculture and the Healthy Lake Erie Fund at 6 p.m. at the Lions Club shelter house along the midway. The Ottawa County fairground is located on St. Rt. 163 five miles east of Oak Harbor.
Kent J. Appelhans of Pemberville has been appointed to the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services for a term beginning July 9 and ending Nov. 12, 2014.
The Ottawa County Safety Council monthly meeting will be July 17 at 11 a.m. at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton
Brandon Koehler, of Terra Community College, is the guest speaker. His topic is “Safely Return to Work.”