Drunk Driving Arrests and Fatal Accidents Increase Across Ohio

by | January 9th, 2013

January 9, 2012

Certain regions of Ohio may have experienced decreases in drunk driving arrests and fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2012, but it was not the case on a state or national level.

The Marietta Times explained that while Washington County saw a six percent decrease in the number of arrests for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) and also saw fatal accident cut by more than half, the rest of Ohio, and the nation for that matter, saw a slight increase in both categories.

A spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lt. Anne Ralston, described how the state had seen a four percent increase in the number of fatal Ohio Auto Accidents over the past year, jumping from 1,015 deaths in 2011 (which was an all-time low) to 1,050 this past year. National statistics showed the United States had seen a nine percent spike in fatal motor vehicle collisions.

While Washington County saw a more than five percent decrease in OVI arrests, dropping from 265 drivers being charged in 2011 to a total of only 250 being arrested in 2012, the rest of the state saw a slight increase. Data shows OVI arrests in Ohio were up by more than three percent in 2012, from 23,422 in 2011 to more than 24,170 this past year.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are hopeful the state will find a way to curb these increases in the coming year.