There has been a worrying trend of repeat convictions in the state of Ohio for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI), leading people to believe that not enough is being done to combat the deadly crime of driving while intoxicated.
On Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, the State Highway Patrol in Ohio reported that an intoxicated driver caused a crash that killed four people. The collision occurred when a 48-year-old man, who was later found to be intoxicated, ran a stop sign. The accident occurred 60 miles from Cleveland.
Tragically, the crash caused the death of a one-year-old child, his 18-year old father, his 19-year-old mother and a 47-year-old woman. The intoxicated driver did not suffer serious injuries. He has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
The detail that is distressing to many is the fact that the intoxicated driver has four prior OVI convictions. This means that he was clearly a high-risk individual. Yet, he was still able to get behind the wheel while intoxicated once again.
It has been argued that such tragic situations could be prevented through a more robust program to help those charged with an OVI and to prevent reoccurring convictions. In many cases, the root problem of alcoholism needs to be addressed, and this can be done through rehabilitation programs. Many other strategies such as the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices have proven successful in several states.
If you want to learn more about preventing reoccurring OVI convictions, it is a good idea to conduct thorough research into how the law works as well as the current programs in Ohio that are designed to combat substance abuse.