Original Release: 5/23/2022
Fireworks Legislation Update — House Bill (HB) 172
The Ohio General Assembly recently enacted House Bill (HB) 172 allowing individuals to discharge, ignite or explode consumer-grade fireworks on private property on certain days throughout the year. The bill, which has also been signed by Governor DeWine, goes into effect July 1, 2022. A provision of HB 172 allows for municipalities to opt-out of the bill, and ban the discharge, ignition and explosion of fireworks that otherwise may be permitted pursuant to HB 172.
The Lyndhurst City Council has determined that it is in the best interest of the City to continue to ban the discharge, ignition, and explosion of fi reworks — now allowed by HB 172 — as currently outlined in the Lyndhurst Codified Ordinances. With the passage of Resolution 2022-22, the discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks otherwise permitted by HB 172 is banned within the City of Lyndhurst. The passage of this resolution has been supported by both the Lyndhurst Police and Fire Departments in order to ensure that Lyndhurst remains a safe community.
We have an obligation to protect our residents and visitors from irresponsible fi reworks handling and discharge. Maintaining the existing legislation surrounding fireworks still allows the police department to respond appropriately and enforce problem situations as necessary.
Comings and Goings
The Lyndhurst Police Department welcomed a new Patrol Officer to our law enforcement family. Victor Lewis was officially sworn in by Mayor Ward on Monday, January 24, 2022. Victor grew up in Highland Hts. — where he currently resides - and is a 2004 graduate of Mayfi eld High School. Victor graduated from the Cleveland Hts. Police Academy in 2011, and was a Cleveland Hts. Police Officer prior to joining our ranks. Prior to leaving Cleveland Hts. PD, he was promoted from Basic Patrol Officer (BPO) to Patrol Officer (PO). In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family and play golf. Victor's uncle was a police offi cer in Mayfield Hts!
I look forward to watching Victor's development as a Lyndhurst Police Officer, and know that he will be an asset to the Community that he serves. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming him to the City and if you happen to see him around town, say hello!
Congratulations to Sgt. Mark McConville, who retired from the Lyndhurst Police Department following his last tour of duty on Saturday, April 2, 2022. His retirement comes on the heels of 30 plus years of dedicated service to the City of Lyndhurst.
Sgt. McConville was hired by the City of Lyndhurst on April 15, 1991. He subsequently attended the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, graduating in July of 1991. Mark was promoted to Sergeant in 1998. In March of 2007, he graduated from the Police Executive and Administrative Leadership School, an executive level police management training program.
During the course of his career, Mark served as a member of LPD's police bicycle unit and has been the department's training coordinator for many years. He played an integral role in developing the department's digital payroll program, allowing for more efficient and accurate accounting for payroll. Additionally, as training coordinator, he was responsible for overseeing and tracking the annual training and education requirements for our offi cers. Mark was a Microsoft Excel and form "wizard," creating departmental spreadsheets and forms that improved consistency and efficiency when it came to the mountain of paperwork that comes with the job. I know, it doesn't sound very exciting. However, if you were on the receiving end of one of his products, you were very thankful... and so was the department! Mark was a regular participant in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Mark has numerous commendations in his file, including awards for life-saving measures, felony drug/robbery/theft arrests, a high profile arrest and conviction of armed robbery / home invasion suspects in 2014. As a Patrol Officer, Mark received numerous awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for several years running due to his aggressive enforcement of people operating a vehicle while impaired. Additionally, Mark was instrumental in a 290 lb. drug seizure and arrest of two drug dealers... the department's largest! His file contains numerous letters of appreciation documenting his professionalism, kindness and compassion.
Mark, we thank you for your service. Congratulations and well wishes!
With the arrival of spring and the warmer weather, we have undoubtedly seen an increase in motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. All things we haven't seen over the long, cold winter months. It is imperative that with this increase in other types of "traffic", that WE as drivers, pay attention to our driving habits to allow for the safe movement of all who use our roadways.
Aggressive driving is a threat to all — motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. What is aggressive driving? It includes speeding, running red or yellow lights, frequent and unnecessary lane changes and following too closely or "tailgating." These behaviors can lead to crashes, road rage or both. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as occurring when "an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." It is fair to say that the majority of motorists agree that aggressive driving has become a serious problem on our roads, but many do not identify their own behaviors as aggressive. We all have a responsibility to those we share the road with. Driving should be cooperative, not competitive!
Are you an aggressive driver? You may be if you...
• Exceed the posted speed limit
• Follow too closely
• Pass on the berm
• Cut in and out of traffic
• Fail to signal multiple lane changes
• Violate posted railroad crossing signs
• Pass a stopped school bus
• Display or use a weapon while driving
• Carelessly drive through construction zones
• Fail to yield at ramps and intersections
• Use more than one parking space
Ways to reduce your own aggressive driving tendencies:
• Keep your emotions in check. Don't take your frustrations out on other drivers.
• Plan ahead and allow enough time for delays. Observe the speed limit.
• Focus on your own driving. Yelling, pounding on the steering wheel and honking your horn won't make traffic move any faster.
What to do if you encounter an aggressive driver:
• Do not react to their provoking behavior
• Stay away from erratic drivers
• Use your horn sparingly
• Do not make obscene gestures
• Do not switch lanes without signaling
• Do not tailgate
• Do not block the passing lane
• Avoid eye contact with the other driver
• Call 9-1-1 for help if it is safe to do so
Sensible driving can save lives — including yours — and it starts with you.
DON'T ALLOW ROAD RAGE TO GET THE BEST OF YOU!Patrick A. Rhode, Chief of Police
Lyndhurst Police Department