Drivers in Ohio can face steep penalties if caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition to the possibility of license suspension or revocation, they may also face the possibility of time behind bars. Despite these potential consequences, the Ohio Highway Patrol notes that intoxicated driving is an all-too-common problem.
Law enforcement authorities in certain parts of the state say they are seeing an increase in the number of drunk driving arrests. In only the first three months of the year, there have been approximately 5,600 arrests statewide for impaired driving. This is more than the year before by around 1,000 arrests. The reason for this drastic increase is not immediately clear.
Many of the arrests have occurred in the northeast part of the state. To fight this problem and discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, OHP is refocusing its efforts on educating drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. Plans include increased patrols, and motorists who notice signs of intoxicated driving are encouraged to report it to the police.
If a driver is facing charges of drunk driving, he or she would be wise to prepare a strong defense. Drunk driving laws in Ohio are strict, and arrest could lead to penalties that can alter the course of a person’s life. To effectively confront the prosecution’s case, preserve one’s constitutional rights and fight for the most beneficial outcome, it is helpful to work with an experienced defense attorney.