Although typically any news related to drunk driving is bad news that is not always the case. As lawmakers and activists continue to push for more campaigns and harsher penalties to deter drinking and driving, there are some signs that their efforts are working. These kinds of reports are always good to hear, because it means that more drivers are choosing to stay out of the driver seat and off the roads when they have been drinking.
According to recent reports, the increased efforts of the Ohio State Patrol to keep impaired drivers off the roads of Ohio and keep other drivers more safe, is apparently working. That’s because 2014 marked the third consecutive year that Ohio State Troopers were responsible for removing more than 24,000 impaired drivers from state roads. Reportedly, crashes related to drivers that were operating wile impaired accounted for 34 percent of all fatal crashes last year in the state. According to the numbers, Ohio reported 13,628 crashes in 2014 that involved drunk drivers. Those crashes accounted for 340 deaths and 7,959 people who were injured.
Anytime statistics of drunk driving related incidents show progress it is good news. Drinking and driving is dangerous for everyone. The fact that Ohio has seen fewer alcohol-related crashes recently means that efforts to deter drinking and driving are working. Meanwhile, it’s also important to note that many people who are pulled over and arrested for drinking and driving are not actually guilty. While drinking and driving is always a serious offense, people who are charged are sometimes wrongfully accused. In other instances, officers don’t always follow proper procedures when making an arrest.
In any case, not everyone who is charged with an OVI-DWI is actually convicted. Sometimes drivers are acquitted, and in other cases, they are convicted of lesser charges. The fact is, anyone in Dayton who has been arrested for driving under the influence, should not give up hope. You have rights and you are innocent until proven guilty. The important thing to remember is that you can also seek legal help.
At the VanNoy Law Firm, we will help you fight the charges and work to get the best outcome possible. We know that you probably have a lot of questions and concerns if you are facing DUI charges. That’s why we are here to help you every step of the way. Just give us a call in Dayton at 937-952-5043. You can also contact us online by clicking here.