CINCINNATI – How often do you drive by a convicted, repeat drunken driver?
Ohio State Highway Patrol officials say it’s probably more often than you think.
According to state data, there are more than 159,000 people in Ohio with three or more 'Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence' convictions, or OVIs.
In Hamilton County alone, there are more than 10,100.
Troopers say if you think you’re encountering a drunken driver on the road, you should do the following:
First, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
Second, do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over. Doing so could result in a collision.
Third, take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. However, make sure you don’t compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information.
Finally, pull over and call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.
Here is a breakdown on how many people have three or more OVI convictions in each Ohio county:
- Adams: 737
- Brown: 1,176
- Butler: 5,561
- Carroll: 467
- Clermont: 3,679
- Clinton: 838
- Hamilton: 10,121
- Highland: 833
- Warren: 2,464