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Do OVI laws apply to bicycles in Ohio?

What do you think of when someone mentions DUI, or OVI as it's called here in Ohio? If you are like most people, you probably envision a motor vehicle such as a passenger vehicle, motorcycle or truck pulled over and a driver participating in field sobriety tests with the flashing lights of the patrol car in his or her eyes. If you are a boating enthusiast, you may even know that boating under the influence is a thing.

Most drunk driving arrests are first-time offenders

Most people in Ohio arrested for drunk driving are charged only on one occasion according to a report by The Columbus Dispatch newspaper. Around 66 percent of people charged with DUI in the state are first-time offenders, and their names do not appear again in state arrest records. On the other hand, there is a small group of people who have been arrested on multiple occasions and charged with drunk driving; the newspaper estimates that 1,800 Ohioans have been charged 10 or more times with drunk driving.

Steve Wilkos to enter DUI diversionary program

While not a household name, Steve Wilkos might be familiar to many Ohio residents who have seen 'The Jerry Springer Show." Wilkos is an entertainer who started his time in the public eye as the security director on 'The Jerry Springer Show," and he now has his own talk show. However, the TV personality is currently making headlines for a suspected drunk driving incident.

Police say Ohio man was too drunk to take sobriety test

Police in Ohio say that a 34-year-old man was too intoxicated to take a field sobriety test when he was taken into custody for driving while under the influence of alcohol on the morning of April 8. A breath test taken shortly afterwards at a nearby police station is said to have revealed the Youngstown man's blood alcohol level to be .233 percent, which is almost three times the legal driving limit in Ohio.

Ohio man arrested for drunk driving after hitting police car

A 34-year-old man made it is easy for law enforcement to notice his poor driving when he struck a car belonging to the Youngstown Police Department. The officer driving the cruiser reported that the man tried to pass him in the turn lane on Market Street before spinning and hitting the police car. The officer pursued the vehicle and eventually pulled the man over at the intersection of East Judson Avenue and Market. The driver could not stand on his feet when the officer tried to initiate a field sobriety test.

Alleged drunk driver in stolen car arrested in New Philadelphia

According to Ohio State Patrol, a Tuscarawas County woman was drunk when she was operating a stolen car and traveling with a syringe full of 'an unknown liquid." Authorities arrested her at 1:55 a.m. on March 30 in the 400 block of E. High Avenue in New Philadelphia.

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.

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.

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