When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it increases his or her chances of causing an accident. The risk of a crash is one of the primary reasons Ohio laws are stringent regarding drunk driving, and the penalties are steep for those convicted of this type of infraction. The penalties are especially grave for individuals who cause an accident while intoxicated. Ohio law enforcement states there has been a recent increase in these types of accidents.
More risky behavior
Fewer motorists have been on the road over the last year as more people are working and going to school virtually. This has not eliminated all accidents, and law enforcement notes an increase in what they consider risky driving behavior. Traffic volume was down 15% in 2020 compared to 2019, but the number of fatal drunk driving accidents increased. There were 586 OVI-related traffic accidents in 2020 over 529 in 2019.
Some people have stated that they believe the increase in alcohol-related risky behavior is due in part to mental health struggles. The last year has been difficult for many with more periods of isolation and fewer opportunities to be around other people. Regardless of the motive behind the action, drivers could pay a steep price for drinking and driving.
A strong defense
If an individual is facing charges related to drunk driving in Ohio, he or she would be wise to develop a strong defense strategy. This is especially important for individuals implicated in fatal or serious alcohol-related collisions. Each defendant has the right to a defense and to challenge the case brought by the prosecution.