Study: Ohio More Lenient On Drunk Driving

July 7, 2015 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
Study: Ohio More Lenient On Drunk Driving

According to a recent study, Ohio ranks as the 10th most lenient state when it comes to drunk driving. When compared to other states and the District of Columbia, WalletHub ranked Ohio 41st in a study that weighted 15 different metrics to assign rankings. Arizona topped the list with the strictest regulations against drunk driving, and South Dakota landed at the bottom with the most lenient laws and punishments. Drunk driving is a serious offense that can have grave repercussions for everyone involved. If you or someone you love was injured or died in a drunk driving accident, our experienced team of personal injury lawyers can help you get the justice you deserve.

Identifying The Strictest States On Dui

Of the metrics analyzed, the study weighted minimum jail sentencing time for first and second DUI offenses the most heavily. In Ohio, the minimum jail time for a first offense is three days, and for a second offense is 10 days. The state received low rankings in these categories, and therefore ranked lower overall. According to the Center for Disease Control, drunk driving accounts for one third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. Additionally, the government estimates that impaired drivers cost Americans almost $60 billion per year in economic losses. However, since states first started cracking down on drunk driving in the 1980s, the rate of driving under the influence and the number of resulting accidents have decreased significantly. Many experts attribute the decline to tougher penalties for those convicted of driving while impaired. For this reason, WalletHub set out to identify the strictest states on DUIs.

Ohio Dui Accident Lawyers

Our experienced DUI accident lawyers believe that drivers who choose to drive while under the influence should be held accountable for their actions and should have to pay for the harm that they cause to victims. Victims of drunk driving accidents may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills. To learn more about how a car accident lawyer from our law firm can help you, contact one of our Ohio offices today.