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March 2018 Archives

Mom charged with OVI after drunk driving with child in car

On March 21, it was reported that an Ohio woman was charged after she was accused of driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle along Parker Road in Goshen. The incident occurred on March 12 when a man reported the woman to 911 dispatchers. He claimed that she had driven him off the road. He told the dispatchers that she was driving between 80 and 100 miles per hour. He also said that he knew she had a child in the car. He said that he tried to get her to stop, but she continued and he was unable to follow her.

Reckless driving: How is it legally defined?

Let's say you're driving along an Ohio roadway when another vehicle suddenly cuts you off on the road, veers straight through your traffic lane, hops a curb, then comes back down, re-enters the roadway and barrels on ahead, at speeds undoubtedly well above the posted limits. How would you describe that person's driving behavior?

Repeat offenders face significant DUI penalties

Two men had their driver's licenses suspended after having multiple convictions for DUI over the past several years. A 55-year-old man was stopped for having a loud muffler and was then found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. In addition to the 20-year driver's license suspension, he was given a six-month jail sentence. That sentence could increase to 30 months with a positive alcohol test prior to his report date.

Significant factors in DUI sentencing

When Ohio motorists are convicted of drunk driving, a number of factors might affect their sentencing. A judge may take into account their blood alcohol content, the field sobriety tests, whether they have previous DUI convictions and whether there was an accident that caused an injury or a death.

Laws about drunk driving charges

People in Ohio who are convicted of driving under the influence might face a number of penalties including losing a license. Laws about driving under the influence may vary from country to country and even state to state. In the United States, the blood alcohol legal limit is .08, but in some countries, such as China and Sweden, it is .02. In other countries there are zero-tolerance laws in place.

Television star Steve Wilkos charged with drunk driving

Ohio residents may be aware that the popular television personality Steve Wilkos was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Jan. 21. The talk show host initially claimed that he lost control of his vehicle as he was reaching for his eyeglasses, but he has now admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Reports indicate that Wilkos turned himself in to police in Connecticut on Feb. 21 after learning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

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