Botkins Police Department


Welcome to the Botkins Police Department

In its humble beginnings in the 1880's the Botkins Police Department had only one officer.  Luckily today, the department is staffed with one full-time officer, 7 part-time officers, and is equipped with two cruisers.  The department moved into its current facility in late 2001.

 

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Along with the New Year, I would like to make residence aware of new laws and changes regarding Golf Carts, Snowmobiles, 4-Wheelers, Scooters and Utility Vehicles.  I have attached the Ohio Revised Code which explains the changes in the laws.

 

New Laws Effective (01/01/2017)

4511.215 – Operation of low-speed, under-speed, or utility vehicle, or mini truck

4511.215 – Local authorization for operating of low-speed, under-speed, or utility vehicle, or a mini truck

4519.01 – Special vehicle definitions

4519.02 – Registration required – exceptions – operation of watercraft

4519.04 – Vehicles to be issued distinctive number, certificate of registration and registration sticker

4519.10 – Temporary license placard for off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle

4519.20 – Rules for equipment of snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, and all-purpose vehicles

4519.40 – Prohibited acts

4519.401 – Operation of a mini-truck

4519.41 – Operation of vehicle on or near highway, street or road

4519.46 – Reporting of accident

 

Golf Carts

Must be inspected and licensed to operate on the streets or roadways. 

Must have all required equipment on the golf cart to be street legal (headlights, brake lights, turn signals, rear view mirror and license plate light)

The driver/operator has to have a valid driver license and insurance to operate the golf cart on the streets or highways.

Must obey all traffic laws and report all accidents.

Must stay within four feet of the curb.

 

All Terrain/4-Wheelers

Aren’t allowed on the streets or roadway except to cross over.

Do not meet Ohio Traffic Laws in regards to required equipment to operate on streets or highways.

 

Utility Vehicles/Mini Trucks

Aren’t allowed on the streets or roadways except to cross over.

Do not meet Ohio Traffic Laws in regards to required equipment to operate on streets or highways.

 

Motorized Scooters

Must be inspected and licensed to operate on the streets or roadways. 

Must have all required equipment on the scooter to be street legal (headlights, brake lights, turn signals, rear view mirror and license plate light)

The driver/operator has to have a valid driver license and insurance to operate the vehicle on the streets or highways.

Must obey all traffic laws and report all accidents.

Must stay within four feet of the curb.

 

IF YOU AREN’T SURE ABOUT THE LAWS REGARDING THE VEHICLE YOU PLAN ON OPERATING ON THE STREETS, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE, HIGHWAY PATROL OR BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES

 

School Crossing Guards

 

In conjunction with Botkins Locals Schools, Police Department and a Local Residence there is now a Crossing Guard at E. State Street and the entrance to the school.  Bill Miller has volunteered to be a Cross Guard to help your children safely across the street.  We are looking for more volunteers to assist Mr. Miller.  If anyone wishes to volunteer contact Chief Glass at 937-538-6340.  Also for all motorists that travel through our school zone please pay attention to your speed and the children crossing in the area.  Remember under Ohio Law the children have the right-of-way when crossing in a cross walk.

 

Police Website and Face Book

 

The police department has updated its Website and opened a FaceBook Page.  We will try and put information such as above on these sites to keep residence updated.

 

Thanks,

Wayne T. Glass Jr.

Chief Of Police

Botkins, Ohio

937-538-6340