Spring is finally on the way and with it comes all of the usual spring activities – spring dances, prom season, picnics, barbeques, the start of family vacation season – all types of things we look forward to as the weather warms up. Our thoughts turn to celebrating – but along with celebrating, there is a dark side as well. Celebrating often goes hand in hand with drinking and, unfortunately, often results in drinking and driving, a recipe for disaster.
Drunk Driving, No Matter What You Call It
Ohio law regarding driving under the influence is quite clear – no person shall operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The definition of what constitutes driving under the influence is not as easily summed up in one sentence, but the concept is clear. Throughout the country, different terms are used to describe drunk driving – drinking under the influence, driving while intoxicated – different names, but they all mean the same thing. In Ohio, DUI laws are referred to as OVI laws, which stands for operating a vehicle under the influence. Regardless of what it is called, it is dangerous and illegal.
Ohio Enforcement Statistics – Enforcement Activities on the Rise
According to the Ohio State Police, OVI enforcement is significantly higher this year over last year with over 1,200 more enforcement activities in this current year as compared to the same time frame last year. Whether this is a result of more successful enforcement practices or a higher number of incidents for which enforcement could be made, it is unclear; it is a good sign, though, to see that the enforcement activities have increased.
The Mechanics of Sobriety Checkpoints
One of the ways in which OVI enforcement activities occur is by conducting sobriety checkpoints. Most drivers have, at some point during their driving days, gone through a sobriety checkpoint. Though it may seem as though these measures are random, there is actually quite a bit of planning that goes into setting them up. First, the site established for a sobriety check must be one that has a long history of alcohol-related or impaired driving incidents. After the place is determined, public notice is made of the planned checkpoint. Checkpoint officers are briefed prior to the beginning of the checkpoint activity and specific procedures are established. For the vast majority of drivers, passing through these checkpoints is just a routine delay; for those who have chosen to take the chance of driving after having drinks, it can be a life-changing event.
Contact Ohio Car Accident Lawyers if You Have Been Involved in an Accident
Regardless of whether the accident in which you have been involved was the result of drunk driving or any other factor, the Ohio Car Accident Lawyers can help. Our Cleveland attorneys are experienced with all types of accident cases and know the best way to proceed regardless of the issues involved in your case. We are ready to help when you need us – contact us today to let us help you get started with your no cost consultation.