Ohio police enforce several laws against driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The basic offense, and the one most people think about when they hear “DUI,” is called operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Other anti-drunk and drugged driving statutes and special provisions exist for commercial drivers, drivers younger than 21, boaters who are under the influence, and multiple OVI offenders. Ohio also recognizes merely sitting in the driver’s seat of vehicle while intoxicated as an offense. Continue reading
A full breakdown of the penalties people can face in Ohio for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs appears on this Maher Law Firm webpage. Consequences can include.
- Jail or house arrest while wearing an alcohol-detecting tracking bracelet
- Driver’s license suspension for at least six months
- Complete loss of driving privileges for at least 15 days
- Criminal fines that start at $375 for a first offense
- Safe driving courses that cost several hundred dollars and take days to complete while often staying at a hotel
- Mandatory addiction treatment
- Use of specially designed and uniquely colored DUI offender license plates
- Use of an ignition interlock device that is also known as a car breathalyzer
- Vehicle immobilization by booting or impoundment
- Vehicle surrender
Although only 10% of licensed drivers are under the age of 21, underage drivers are responsible for about 17% of fatal drinking and driving accidents. This is because underage drivers tend to be more reckless and are less likely to wear a seatbelt.
Ohio has zero tolerance for underage drinking and driving. Drivers under the age of 21 will be arrested if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of over 0.02%. The BAC limit for drivers over the age of 21 is 0.08%. Continue reading