June 8th, 2012|
June 8, 2012
The non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), say that the average drunk driver will hit the roads intoxicated an average of 80 times before they are ever caught. For many that is not a deterrent and numbers show that there is an extremely high rate of repeat drunk driving offenders in the United States.
Take for instance the case of a Holmesville, Ohio, man who was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) for the second time Tuesday. According to Channel 5 News, police say that the man was arrested in November for his first offense when he got into an accident with another vehicle while driving a school bus loaded with children. He spent about a month in jail before police were called this past week to his home after getting reports of him driving drunk again.
Witnesses stated that the man was swerving in and out of his lane and struck a utility pole while driving. When police tracked the vehicle down at the man’s home, they conducted field sobriety tests, which determined the man’s blood alcohol level to be .331. He was placed under arrest and was booked into the Holmes County Jail.
It is repeat offenders such as this that has many citizens pushing for laws to be passed that will require all OVI offenders, even those arrested for the first time, to have ignition interlock systems installed in any vehicle that they will be driving.