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Clifton "Sonny" Montgomery recently reinstated his suspended driver's license with the help of a specialized Dayton legal clinic.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A Cleveland investigation last year found driver's license suspensions disproportionately affect Ohio’s poorest communities.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles data collected by WYSO show the number of driver's license suspensions is on the rise in Montgomery County. Many are for non-driving related offenses.

Dayton's officials are coming up against some unknowns in the budget process for next year.
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The City of Dayton is again exploring ways to ban panhandling along major city highways. At a meeting Wednesday evening, the city commission is expected to review an ordinance that would criminalize the practice.

Dayton first introduced legislation to restrict panhandling in 2011. That law required panhandlers to register with the city, and restricted begging to daylight hours. It also allowed cops to arrest violators instead of just citing them.

After legal challenges, the law was partially repealed in 2016.

School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dayton school bus drivers have approved a contract deal with Dayton Public Schools, preventing a strike that was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Details of that deal have not yet been released. But, according to a statement from the district, members of the Local 627 chapter of the OAPSE voted overwhelmingly in favor of the new contract. The school board is set to officially approve the deal at a scheduled board meeting Tuesday.

The two parties announced they had reached an impasse late last month, after more than nine months of negotiations.

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Ohio Department of Transportation Facebook page

Dayton Public Schools and the union representing district bus drivers have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a strike, according to a statement from both parties.

The deal still needs to be approved by the school board and the union's full membership before it is finalized.

The two parties have been in negotiations for over 9 months. In that time, they’ve reached tentative agreements that were eventually voted down by members of the bus drivers union. Bus Drivers are scheduled to strike on Tuesday, April 10 if a final contract deal is not ratified.

School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
Jess Mador / WYSO

With less than a week to go before a planned bus driver strike, Dayton Public School officials have yet to release details of a backup student-transportation plan.

The Local 627 chapter of the OAPSE bus drivers’ union announced plans to strike last week, after contract talks with the district broke down. DPS officials say there are no plans to continue negotiations with the union before the April 10 strike date.

To learn more about how the impending driver strike could impact DPS parents and students, WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with WYSO education reporter April Laissle.

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A union representing Dayton school bus drivers has declared intent to strike after months of failed contract negotiations with the district. The announcement comes less than a year after the district narrowly avoided a teacher strike.

If a deal is not reached, more than 150 drivers plan to strike on April 10. That’s a day after students are set to return to school after Spring Break. It would also coincide with state required testing, according to a district press release.

Patrol Releases Thanksgiving Holiday Report

Nov 27, 2017
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Ohio Department of Transportation Facebook page

Provisional statistics released today show more motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday than in recent years. During the five-day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 22, at 12 a.m. until Sunday, November 30, at 11:59 p.m., 16 people were killed in 11 fatal crashes. In 2016, nine people were killed in nine fatal crashes.

Of the 16 killed this year, seven were not wearing an available safety belt and one pedestrian was killed.

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State officials say a new billboard campaign will be used to raise public awareness about drug abuse and the need for public participation in tackling the problem throughout Ohio.

The Ohio Outdoor Advertising Association of Ohio and Ohio's Department of Public Safety and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services launched the campaign Tuesday.

Officials say association members are donating about 200 digital, poster, and bulletin billboards with the messages: "Start Talking!" and "#677 for Impaired Drivers."

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Ohio Department of Transportation Facebook page

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning motorists heading into the Thanksgiving holiday period to follow all traffic laws, including buckling seat belts and never driving impaired.

The patrol says nine people were killed in nine crashes on Ohio roads during the long holiday weekend last year. Five of those fatalities resulted from impaired drivers and six did not use seat belts.

Troopers say they will have an increased presence on Ohio's roadways in an effort to remove impaired drivers.

Kasich Warns Of The Digital Revolution's Effects On Ohio Jobs

Oct 10, 2017
Gov. John Kasich speaking to the Ohio Transportation Engineers Conference in Columbus
Dan Konik

Ohio is trying to integrate the future of automated vehicles into its transportation framework so the state can be a leader for the automated vehicles industry. But Gov. John Kasich warns that as the nation prepares for self-driving cars, then it must also prepare for some major consequences.

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