Drinking and driving, known as “Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated” (OVI) in Ohio, is a pretty big problem. Our team has gathered some statistics to show just how bad the problem is.
What are the legal limits for alcohol in Ohio?
First, we should explain that the legal limits for drivers of certain ages are different. For drivers over 21, the legal limit is 0.08. This is for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and breath alcohol content (BrAC). The legal limit for a urine test is 0.11; for serum or plasma, it is 0.096.
If you are under 21, the limit is 0.02 for BAC and BrAC. For urine, it is 0.028; serum and plasma us 0.03.
How big of a problem is drunk driving in Ohio?
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), the number of OVI-related fatal crashes is on the rise.
OVI-related fatal crashes in Ohio rose from 318 in 2013, to 338 in 2014, to 365 in 2015. That is a 14.8 percent increase from 2013 to 2015 and an eight percent increase from 2014 to 2015. Not surprisingly, the number of OVI-related fatalities also rose during that time period. OVI-related fatalities in Ohio went from 350 in 2013, to 375 in 2014, to 401 in 2015.
OVI-related fatal crashes made up more than 35 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio in 2015.
Who is more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related collision?
Male drivers were involved in 54.8 percent of all crashes in Ohio in 2015, compared to 42.4 percent female drivers and 2.8 percent which the gender was not stated.
When it comes to alcohol-related crashes, however, 72.2% of alcohol-impaired drivers were male.
Does the season have an effect on the amount of crashes?
The number of alcohol-related fatal crashes, total crashes, and deaths varies by the season of the year. For purposes of this discussion, spring is March-May; summer is June-August; autumn is September-November; and winter is December-February.
In the calendar year 2015, Ohio had the following alcohol-related crashes by crash type and season:
Crash type Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Fatal crashes 68 98 79 71
Total crashes 3052 3175 3107 3192
Deaths 73 105 89 79
While winter had more total alcohol-related crashes than any other season (January had the highest number of crashes with 1,092), summer was by far the most dangerous season, in terms of alcohol-related fatal crashes and deaths. This can be due, in part, to extreme winter weather conditions impacting the roads in Ohio that can cause people to drive more slowly in winter than in the summer.
Speed kills, which can shed light on the higher fatal crashes and deaths in the summer months. We can also attribute some of the crashes to teens being out of school for summer.
How do driver age and population factor in alcohol-related crashes?
There were more alcohol-involved drivers in error in fatal crashes between the ages of 21-25 years (53), than in the age groups of 56 to 60, 61 to 65, 66 to 70, 71 to 75, 76 and older, age not stated, and ages 41 to 45 — all combined (a total of 50).
Towns with populations of only 1,000 to 2,499 people had the highest percentage of their total alcohol-related crash deaths and injuries than any other population size in Ohio during 2015.
How many people are pulled over for OVI violations in Ohio?
The OSHP recently released its statistics for 2016. Please note that these numbers are not for an entire calendar year.
In 2016, the OSHP pulled over a total of 585,152 vehicles for enforcement stops. During 2015, they pulled over 616,581 vehicles for enforcement stops.
In the entire year of 2015, 24,676 of these enforcement stops were for OVI enforcement. OVI enforcement stops for 2016 totaled 25,321.
Although the OSHP is doing its part to lower the amount of drunk drivers on our roads, it is safe to say that drunk driving is a problem that is only getting worse in our state.
What should I do if I see a drunk driver?
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, about 66 percent of people will be involved in a crash with a drunk driver.
If you are on the road and you see a driver behaving erratically, stay as far away as possible. You may want to consider pulling over. Once pulled over, you can call and report the drunk driver to the OSHP by calling 1-800-GRAB-DUI.
When can I get help after a drunk driving accident?
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious or fatal injury in an accident involved alcohol-impaired driver, you may have a claim for your damages. Alcohol-related accidents are often more complicated that the standard vehicle accident case.
The drunk driving accident lawyers at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A., have handled numerous cases involving alcohol-impaired drivers. We do not charge unless you recover compensation.
Call us today at 419-843-6663 for your free, no obligation consultation.