Ohio law enforcement is generally vigilant about stopping drivers who might be operating a vehicle impaired. This can be due to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. OVI can have severe consequences. People who are arrested and charged should be aware of the consequences and take the necessary steps to cobble together a strong defense.

There has been a statistical decline in the number of arrests in Dayton and the surrounding areas in Miami Valley. In 2019, there were the fewest arrests in almost 10 years. Still, there was only a slight reduction in accidents involving impaired drivers. There is a perception that the number of drivers who are committing OVI has not declined, but that law enforcement is using different strategies to make their arrests.

There were more than 22,500 arrests for OVI in seven Ohio counties, but all saw a reduction with the highest reaching nearly 50% fewer arrests. Overall, there was a reduction of 19%. It should be noted that the statistics are for state patrol. Other law enforcement agencies were not counted in the tally. Although there was a reduction, the trend is that OVI arrests and charges fluctuate. From 2016 to 2018, there was a significant number of arrests.

Since state patrol utilizes data to determine how it enforces violations, OVI is a primary concern due to the danger it presents. Increasingly, officers have stopped drivers for other violations such as distracted driving, speeding, traffic violations and failure to wear seatbelts. In 2019, there were more than 1,800 accidents linked to OVI in the seven counties. Percentage-wise, there were 1% fewer of these accidents when compared to 2018.

Drivers are frequently stopped for other violations and are subsequently charged with OVI. Regardless of the statistics for OVI stops and arrests, drivers who are facing these charges should understand the negative impact a conviction will have on their lives. Not only can a conviction spark jail time, fines and a driver’s license suspension, but insurance rates will be higher and it can hinder getting certain jobs. A law firm with experience in assisting people in need of criminal defense may be able to help. Perhaps the investigation was flawed, the testing procedure violated the driver’s rights, or he or she is innocent. Calling for a consultation immediately is the first step toward addressing the charges.