Why did you stop me? The first question an Officer usually hears.
Moving violations are the most common reason a vehicle is stopped. Some examples include; speeding, failure to stop at a red light or stop sign, or failure to use a turn signal.
Registration or Equipment Violations are other reasons a vehicle may be stopped by an officer. The laws governing driving privileges consist of several hundred pages. It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of the law without knowing it. This is why police departments often issue courtesy warnings.
Courtesy of Safety Concerns are other reasons an officer might stop your vehicle. For instance, your trunk may be open or something might be hanging from under your vehicle.
Steps to follow if you are stopped.
Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible.
Stay in your vehicle and turn on the interior light. Good lighting assists good communications. Relax and remain in your vehicle. If you leave your vehicle you subject yourself and the officer to the dangers of traffic.
Keep your hands in view, preferably on the steering wheel. Wait for the officer to request your license, registration and proof of insurance.
Police Officers are trained to ask for identification first and provide an explanation second. First, provide the proper documentation. Then, give the officer a chance to explain the reason you were stopped. Providing your documentation will simplify and speed up the process. Remember, most often the officer is in uniform with a name tag displayed. You have the advantage of knowing with whom you are dealing. Extend the courtesy by providing the requested information without argument.
If you do not agree with the citation, or the officer's demeanour, do not argue at the scene. All citizens have the right to question their citation before a judge. Every Police Dept. has an internal affairs system in place to investigate citizen complaints.
Ohio law requires all drivers to stop immediately after an accident and exchange information with the other party (s). The following is the information that you should exchange with the other party(s):
If you wish an accident report, call the police. If the vehicles are drivable, move the cars off the roadway to prevent the occurrence of another accident. Leaving the scene of an accident prior to either exchanging information or calling the police is considered a hit-skip.
I received a traffic citation how much will it cost and how do I pay it?
The Stow Municipal Court sets the fines. A list of citations and their associated costs can be found here as well as where to send payment if the offense does not require a court appearance.
You may sign the waiver and mail it with your payment to the Tallmadge Police Department or pay in person at the station. Payment may be made by check or cash (exact amount only). If paying by check, please make payable to City of Tallmadge and reference the parking citation number in the memo area of the check. The fees are as follows:
If paid within 72hrs. $ 5.00
After 72hrs./within 30 days $ 10.00
After 30 days $100.00
If Code 351.23 (Handicapped Parking Only)
Within 72 hrs. $ 50.00
After 72 hrs./within 30 days $ 75.00
After 30 days $100.00
The fine for a third violation of Tallmadge City Code 351.23 or any other violation within a calendar year and every violation thereafter; $100.00
If payment is not received within 45 days following the violation, a citation to the Stow Municipal Court will be issued.
If your vehicle was impounded, you will need to come to the Tallmadge Police Department in person to sign a release for you vehicle. The signed release is required in order to retrieve your vehicle from the tow company holding the vehicle and cannot be released without it. Vehicles are released to the registered vehicle owner only. As the vehicle owner, if your vehicle was towed due to driving under suspension (DUS) or operating the vehicle while intoxicated (OVI), or Wrongful Entrustment, in certain cases your car cannot be released until at least your initial appearance in court answering to those charges. The court may issue you a vehicle release document at that time that you must present in person at the police department, or, the court may order that your car be immobilized for up to 180 days, or forfeited, depending upon prior DUS or OVI offenses.
The Tallmadge Police Department has no role in the amount charged for any impound or storage fees since the towing company is a private company. You will need to contact Phil’s Towing (330-633-9790). They are located at 471 Geneva Avenue, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278. Release hours are Monday through Friday, 8A-6P and Saturday, 9A-3P.
90 days prior to the expiration date, you may renew. After your expiration date, there is no “grace” period. You can be cited for having an expired driver license.
On Ohio registered vehicles, window tint must allow 50% light transmittance on the rear and side windows, and 70% transmittance on the windshield. In other words, the tint cannot be darker than 50% on the side and back, and 30% on the windshield. Remember auto glass is slightly tinted from the factory, and will make the tint you apply on your windows darker than advertised by the tint manufacturer. Additionally, no reflective material is permitted on any part of the windows and decals are prohibited on the rear window and below the AS/1 line on the front windshield, except a State of Ohio Vehicle Inspection sticker.
There is no reliable means to predict how many alcoholic beverages an individual can consume before becoming “drunk” or impaired.
There are many variables to be considered, for instance the amount of alcoholic content in a drink, the amount of drinks consumed and over what period of time and the weight and build of the individual consuming the drinks, just to name a few. It is always wiser to have a designated driver or to call a cab anytime you have consumed alcohol and intend to operate a vehicle.
Tallmadge Police will respond to any location in the City of Tallmadge to take a report. Contact the Police Dispatch on the non-emergency line at 330-633-2181 and an Officer will be dispatched when available. If you have an emergency situation dial 911 and stay on the line if possible. Reports may be taken at the Police Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Note: this does not insure quicker response times as officers are typically dispatched to the station for these reports. The red phone on the lobby wall rings directly to dispatch.
The Tallmadge City Jail is a temporary holding facility. Prisoners at Tallmadge will generally be bonded out or transported to the Summit County Jail. You can inquire about Summit County prisoners at 330-643-2181.
You can access public records that contain warrant information by visiting the Stow Municipal Court website (or call 330-564-4200) and the Summit County Clerk of Courts website (or call 330-643-7772) to view records online.
Make a police report with the department. At that time, you will be provided with a police report number and referred to the annoyance bureau of your phone company. With the report number, the phone company will initiate a trap/trace on your land-line phone for a set period of time, and the results will be forwarded to the police department upon completion. Cellular phone related matters should be referred to your provider. To aid prosecution, keep a notepad by your phone to record the days and times the harassing calls occur so the phone company or prosecutor can match the offender's phone number to the tap records.
Protection Orders issued by the Municipal or Common Pleas Courts in a criminal case are temporary. They expire at the end of the case or sentencing of the defendant. Civil Protection Orders issued by the Domestic Relations Court can last up to five years and may be renewed. Civil Protection Orders issued by the Domestic Relations Court can also address issues of custody, division of property and financial support. A defendant in a domestic violence or similar case can be arrested for violating either.
Yes, the Domestic Violence Unit/SAFE Program, The Victim Assistance Program and the Battered Women’s Shelter all regularly assist victims in understanding this area of law. You can contact them at:
SAFE Program (Domestic Violence Unit) 330-643-8006
Victim Assistance Program 330-376-0040 24hrs./7 days a week
Battered Women’s Shelter 330-374-1111
Between the hours of 11:00 pm and 5:00 am on Sunday thru Thursday.
Between the hours of 12:00 am and 5:00 am on Friday and Saturday.
Unless accompanied by parent or guardian or other responsible adult over the age of 21 who has been given permission by the parent or guardian.
In August 2008, the Tallmadge Communications Center was moved to the City of Stow. Stow telecommunicators answer both 911 and non-emergency(330-633-2181) calls. The Tallmadge Safety Center is staffed 24 hours a day and can be called directly for non-emergencies at 330-633-3244.
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The Police Dept. can not tell you when your utilities will be restored.
Contact the non-emergency number at 330-633-2181 and give information to the on-duty Dispatcher. They maintain a log of lost/found animals and can provide further information.
The Auxiliary Officers provide vacation watches; an exterior security inspection of your home while you are away. If a problem is observed, contact will be made with the key holder that YOU designate. To request or cancel this service, please complete the attached form and email it or drop it off at the police department. Request a Vacation Watch for your home.
If you suspect someone is participating in illegal drug related activities, please contact the Detective Bureau at
330-633-4231. You may remain anonymous if you wish, but it is better to leave a contact number, so a detective can ask questions if he/she needs more details.
If you feel one of our employees has provided a level of service “above and beyond the call of duty”, please let us know by one of the methods below:
Chief Donald Zesiger
Tallmadge Police Department
53 Northeast Avenue
Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
The police department takes pride in the service we provide to our community. If you have a complaint or question regarding how a call was handled, the first step is to contact the officer’s sergeant. If that does not resolve the matter, the sergeant will arrange for you to complete a written complaint form outlining the specifics of your complaint. A downloadable copy of the department’s citizen complaint form is posted on this website under Forms. The lieutenant will follow-up on all formal complaints.
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Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
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