Ohio’s “Dustin’s Law” Slowly Moving Towards Approval

by | June 5th, 2013

June 4, 2013

Fatalities caused by drinking and driving are a major problem in Ohio. In fact, the Century Council reported that in 2011 alone, a total of 316 people died as the result of Ohio Auto Accidents that were caused by drunk drivers.

In an effort to deter motorists from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, the state is considering enacting a bill known as “Dustin’s Law”. According to a story published by The Cleveland Daily Banner, the law would allow a motorist with a blood-alcohol content of .2 percent or higher who is responsible for causing a fatal accident to be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. Furthermore, a motorist who causes a fatal accident who has a .08 percent or greater blood-alcohol content and also tests positive for methamphetamine could face the same charge.

The law is named after a young man who died after a drunk driver struck his vehicle in Cleveland.

The law met with initial approval, but the process has slowed recently due to the fiscal costs associated with it. Experts contend that the state will see a $664,000 increase in expenses if state law is altered, due to an increase in the number of individuals who would be incarcerated for their actions.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy discourage motorists from ever getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol.