The holiday season typically means more people will be on the road, and this means an increase in the number of people driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drunk driving can bring steep penalties for those convicted, including loss of driving privileges and costly fines. To combat this problem, the Ohio Highway Patrol will increase patrols to monitor for drivers exhibiting behaviors that may indicate intoxication.
The month of December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and authorities want to bring awareness to a growing problem. Statistics indicate that the number of alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle accidents has increased significantly. The OHP wants drivers to be aware of the potential consequences of driving while under the influence, including an increased chance of an accident.
The OHP is planning to have an increased presence on certain roads and highways throughout the state. The group stated that these increased patrols at all hours of the day, but they plan to specifically target times when there are typically more drunk or drugged drivers on the road. This may include during the evenings or over weekends.
Even if it is a first offense, a drunk driving conviction can lead to significant complications in multiple areas of an Ohio driver’s life. It is worthwhile to challenge a DUI or OVI charges and the evidence brought by the prosecution, fighting to mitigate penalties and preserve future interests. This can be a complicated endeavor, and it is helpful to work with an attorney with experience effectively navigating the criminal justice system.