In Ohio, vacations, longer days and sunny weather often lead to more parties and drinking. If you carefully control your intake or always walk home, the alcohol may not be a problem. However, quite a few people drive without knowing their tolerance.
The penalities for driving under the influence can be severe. Here are a few general things to keep in mind to avoid those circumstances.
Kids and access
Imagine a summer backyard party. Beer cans are open, as are wine bottles. In fact, half-filled wine glasses are scattered around for anyone to drink from. Children of all ages, from those barely able to walk to those in high school or college, might sample these beverages. A college student who is driving after the party may not realize the effect of those two beers or glasses of wine.
In a nutshell, when you are hosting a party, take caution if there will be children and alcohol. If you are attending such a party, keep an eye on your kids.
Whether you are bringing a bottle of wine to a romantic picnic or ordering a cocktail with your lunch, it is better to be safe than sorry. Plan ahead for how you will deal with the alcohol. For instance, perhaps you will use a designated driver. Or maybe the restaurant is within walking distance of your home, or you plan to take a taxi after the picnic.
Consequences of an OVI
A charge of OVI, or operating a vehicle impaired, is not a light matter in Ohio. For example, your license could be suspended for even a first offense. Such a suspension has the potential to affect your job and your ability to transport your family members.
The consequences of an OVI can be profound. It may not be in your best interests to plead guilty, so consult with an attorney who can advocate for you.