From August 14-16, Dayton Police Department along with Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted Safe Communities Through Aggressive Traffic Enforcement or (SCATE) an initiative that is aimed at decreasing OVI related fatalities and injuries in the city of Dayton. Traffic fatalities and injuries have increased significantly since 2014. Thirteen (13) have occurred in West Patrol Operations Division since January 2015, a 25% increase from the previous year. Additionally, gun crimes with injuries have increased by 73% since May 2015.
During this weekend, a Dayton Police Officer pulled John Felton over on August 15 for not signaling within 100 feet of a turn. During the stop the Officer additionally acknowledged that Mr. Felton made sustained direct eye contact prior to being stopped. The traffic infraction was verified by the video; however making direct eye contact with an officer is not a basis for a traffic stop.
The Dayton Police Department is a true partner in the community and enjoys a positive community-police relationship. The Dayton Police Department is in contact with Mr. Felton. He has agreed to a conversation with the officer, facilitated by the Dayton Mediation Center. This will allow Mr. Felton and the Officer to discuss the specifics of the incident.
* The August SCATE detail resulted in a total of 363 traffic stops. There were 237 traffic warnings and 219 traffic citations issued during the detail. The traffic stops resulted in 11 OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence) related arrests, three felony arrests, 11 misdemeanor arrests, four drug arrests, and one weapon arrest.