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1 big thing: 🚗 DeWine wants you to buckle up

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Gov. Mike DeWine wants to make it easier for police to enforce mandatory seat belt laws for drivers and passengers.

Why it matters: Most of those killed in Ohio car crashes were not wearing seat belts, state data shows, making enforcement a matter of life and death.

  • There have been over 270,000 crashes involving an unbelted occupant since the beginning of 2019.
  • These resulted in 2,667 unbelted fatalities, making up 61% of all crash deaths.

State of play: Under current law, all drivers and front seat passengers are required to wear a seat belt.

  • In the back seat, seat belts are required for passengers between 8-15 years old and optional for those 16 and older.
  • Booster seats are generally required for passengers under 8.
  • Seat belts are required for all passengers if the driver has a learner's permit or probationary driver's license.

Yes, but: Seat belt violations are secondary traffic offenses, meaning law enforcement cannot pull someone over solely to issue citations for not wearing them.

  • Fines are modest $30 for a driver not wearing a seat belt, $20 for a passenger.

Driving the news: DeWine told lawmakers in his recent State of the State address he would soon pitch legislation to make these primary offenses.

  • The governor previously included this change in his 2023 state budget, but lawmakers rejected it.

The other side: Republican legislative leaders are reluctant to make the change, Cleveland.com reports.

  • House Speaker Jason Stephens of Kitts Hill says drivers should be personally responsible for belting up.
  • Senate President Matt Huffman of Lima said one of his concerns over the proposal is the importance of "personal freedom."

The big picture: Two-thirds of states have primary seat belt laws for front seat occupants, but Ohio is an exception, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

  • Seventeen of those states have primary laws for back seat occupants as well, including Indiana and Kentucky.

By the numbers: Ohio's seat belt usage rate has noticeably declined in recent years.

  • Around 81% of drivers wore seat belts in 2022, far below the national rate of nearly 92%.
  • This is down from 86% usage in Ohio in 2019.

Between the lines: Because of limited enforcement, Ohio sometimes records more unbelted crashes in a given day than seat belt violations, State Highway Patrol data shows.

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2. ⚽ Best Day Ever: Crew goalkeeper Patrick Schulte

Patrick Schulte of the Columbus Crew holds up championship trophy after winning the 2023 MLS Cup. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

How does Columbus Crew goalkeeper Patrick Schulte like to spend his off-field time?

  • For the latest installment of our Best Day Ever series, we checked in with the 23-year-old, who's fresh off his Champions Cup heorics and is training with the USA men's under 23 team, preparing for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

🪕 Music to start your day: Depends on my mood, but I would probably start my day off with a little bit of country. Then maybe some rap from Lil Baby after that.

🥞 Breakfast: Cafe Creekside with teammates Philip Quinton, Sean Zawadzki and Will Sands for a tall stack of chocolate chip pancakes with a side of hash browns, and maybe a cinnamon roll or some French toast. We go large for breakfast!

🏌️ Morning activity: Golfing at either at New Albany Country Club or Pinnacle.

🥗 Lunch: Northstar Café. I'm not particular on what I'd get. Everything on the menu is good.

⚽ Afternoon activity: A Crew 2 game at Historic Crew Stadium when they play on Sundays.

  • I also like to go on trail walks, especially in the summertime, to clear my mind and stay active.
  • I do want to start fishing, but I don't know where to fish and I'd have to buy gear.

🥩 Dinner: Either Lindey's or The Avenue Steak Tavern. I would get a filet mignon from either with a Caesar salad on the side.

🍦 Evening activity: Dessert at Whit's for a vanilla Whitser with chocolate chips.

  • Then I'd go home to wrap up my day and get on Xbox and play with my friends.

3. 🥇 Schulte nicknames, ranked

They don't call him "Shot-Stopping Schulte" for nothing. Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

4. Nutshells: Your local news roundup

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🏛 Another murder trial of Jason Meade, the former sheriff's deputy who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. in 2020, will start this fall, after the first trial ended in a hung jury. (WOSU)

🎻 The Columbus Symphony announced its 2024-25 Masterworks season that includes performances of "Pictures at an Exhibition" and "Boléro."

  • The symphony's popular Winter Festival, which once featured Russian music, is not returning this season. (Symphony)

🥩 A longtime IGA grocery store on Parsons Avenue closed following its owners' retirement and has been replaced by the Toro Meat Market. (614 Magazine)

🎬 A new "Superman" movie will be filmed in Cleveland and Cincinnati this year and thousands of extras and crew members are sought. (WCMH-TV)

5. 🐸 Quote du jour: Hannas still finding joy

Jack Hanna famously brought animals to a variety of TV shows, including "Good Morning America" and the "Late Show with David Letterman." Photo: Ida Mae Astute/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

"Each day, we do our best to find joy — even when things are challenging."
— Family of Jack Hanna in a statement to the Dispatch and People Magazine

The famed zoo director, who now lives in Montana, has reached an advanced stage of Alzheimer's, per his family, which is raising awareness about the disease.

  • He led the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium between 1978-1992 and later served as director emeritus until his 2020 retirement.

This newsletter was edited by Lindsey Erdody and copy edited by Kate Sommers-Dawes and Anjelica Tan.

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