As with any statistical analysis of how states rank against one another in various aspects of modern life, there is good news and bad news for Ohio residents in a recent study. The good news is that Ohio has the sixth-lowest drunk driving arrest rate in the nation. Of course, those who have been arrested here face the bad news of our state’s tough OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs) law.
The study notes that the national average of drunk driving arrests is 301 per 100,000 residents. Ohio’s arrest rate is barely more than half that at 152 arrests per 100,000 residents.
Contrast that figure with the states ranking highest:
- South Dakota: 722
- North Dakota: 678
- Wyoming: 676
- North Carolina: 518
- Mississippi: 462
- New Mexico: 459
- Maine: 434
- Washington: 430
- Alaska: 429
- Wisconsin: 425
Look, too, at the dramatically lower figures from the five lowest arrest rates in the nation:
- Delaware: 44
- Illinois: 98
- Massachusetts: 140
- Louisiana: 142
- Florida: 151
Ohio’s OVI (often called DUI in other states) arrest rate high was recorded in 2012 when 412 drivers per 100,000 state residents were pulled over and charged.
The study published by U.S. Drug Test Centers notes that men are arrested for drunk driving far more often than women (at a ratio of about 3 to 1) and that drivers are much less likely to be arrested for OVI as they get older.
Arrest rates for age groups:
- Ages 21 to 29: 33.1 percent of all drunk driving arrests nationally
- 30 to 39: 26.7 percent
- 40 to 49: 16.8 percent
- 50 to 59: 12. 1 percent
- 60 and above: 5.9 percent
Note: drivers who are under 21 account for 4.2 percent of all OVI arrests across the country.
The study points out that the drunk driving arrest rate in Ohio fell 34.8 percent from 2009 through 2018. The drop in the arrest rate here has accelerated in recent years, plummeting 62.5 percent (the greatest drop in the nation) from 2014 to 2018.
Of course, all those glowing statistics will mean little to those who face an OVI charge. To help protect your rights, freedom and driving privileges, contact a Columbus attorney experienced in effective drunk driving defense.