28% of all car accident fatalities are caused by alcohol impairment. This is almost one in three deaths, which is a significant percentage when comparing it to all other causes of car accident deaths. In Ohio alone, 2.2% of residents reported driving after drinking too much, which is greater than the national average of 1.9%. Although this may seem like a small percentage, it could make the difference between life and death for thousands of people on the road each year. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a drunk driver’s negligence, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to get the justice you deserve.
What are the Laws Related to Drunk Driving in Ohio?
Drunk driving laws and penalties can vary drastically by state, so it is important to stay up to date on Ohio’s laws. Rather than the term DUI, Ohio uses OVI, which stands for operating a motor vehicle under the influence. Although the terms may be different, the goal is still the same: to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents. Ohio’s laws apply to all drivers, whether they are residents or they are just driving through. Here are some of the ways in which Ohio’s laws are distinct:
- OVI codes include all vehicles, even streetcars, trackless trolleys, bicycles, motorcycles, and electric bicycles
- A driver cannot be under the influence of a “drug of abuse,” or a combination of alcohol and a drug. These drugs of abuse are listed in the statute ORC 4511.19
- Drivers may be tested for driving under alcohol or drug use from blood, breath, and urine tests
- An adult driver (over the age of 21) is OVI when they have a 0.08% BAC.
- For an underage driver (under 21), the threshold is 0.02% BAC
- Commercial vehicle drivers are OVI when their BAC is 0.04%
For each conviction, penalties escalate. Some penalties in Ohio that differ from other states include restricted license plates, immobilizing devices, forced vehicle confiscation, and forfeiture of your vehicle after three convictions.
Contact a Lawyer Today if You were Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident
Whether you were the victim or the person who caused an accident while under the influence of alcohol, it is crucial to contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers at O’Connor Acciani & Levy can guide you through your legal rights to help you get the best outcome possible. Contact us today for a free consultation.