No matter where you are living in the United States, one thing is guaranteed; that there is a drunk driving law implemented in every state. However, the actual laws themselves vary state to state, with some passing new laws while others stay relatively stagnant.
Most recently, a new law was passed by the state of Ohio in an effort to curtail repeat drunk driving offenders.
The new law, entitled “Annie’s Law” is named after Annie Rooney, who was killed by a repeat drunk driver nearly four years ago.
To summarize, here are some of the new features that are going to be implemented in Ohio effective immediately…
Prior to this law being passed, a judge only had the ability to view a drunk driver’s previous driving record up to 6 years. Now, a judge has the ability to pull 10 years’ worth of driving records to use in their final ruling.
If you are caught drunk driving for the first time, the previous 13 month license suspension will be cut in half if the driver decides to use an interlock device (better known as a breathalyzer) in their vehicle. These devices stop the car from turning on if the driver has a BAC above the legal limit.
Additionally, all first time offenders will have their driver’s licenses suspended for one entire year, which is doubled the allotted time period compared to the state’s previous license suspension law.
With an average of nearly 1,000 drunk driving related deaths in Ohio every year, there is bi-partisan hope that this will without a doubt reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.
While these new laws are quite harsh, no one should ever be drinking and driving, especially if there is excessive alcohol involved.
With companies like Uber and Lyft more popular than ever, drunk driving should not be a problem in today’s society.