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The deadly epidemic of impaired driving in the United States

With the last holiday of the summer, Labor Day, approaching quickly, now is a good time to take a look at the deadly effects of drunk driving in the United States and how it affects millions of Americans each year. A look at statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding impaired driving shows some very disturbing facts about the problem.

Intoxicated driver causes multi-car crash in Cincinnati

It seems like every week drivers who should not be out on the road are hitting the streets and jeopardizing the safety of not only themselves and other passengers in their car, but anyone else out on or near the roads. Such was the case recently when a driver under the influence of heroin was traveling on southbound Interstate 75 near the Western Hills Viaduct in Cincinnati, Ohio, and crashed into a semi-truck as well as another vehicle.

Ohio judge orders drunk drivers to install ridesharing apps

While most people know that drunk driving is dangerous and against the law, there will always be those who think they are above the law or even that they are better drivers after having a few drinks, and will drive while intoxicated. Unfortunately, even if a person is charged with drunk driving, many will continue to drive drunk in the future, causing accidents that injure or kill others.

How does alcohol affect an Ohioan's ability to drive?

This past Memorial Day weekend, many people may have drank at a backyard barbecue, the beach, a neighborhood block party or another celebration ushering in the unofficial beginning of summer. However, alcohol use can have a serious effect on a person's ability to drive. Driving entails being able to concentrate, make sound decisions and reacting on the spot to risky situations. Alcohol use affects all these abilities.

Drugged driving is a growing concern in Ohio

Most people are aware of the dangers that driving under the influence of alcohol presents. They know that alcohol can alter a person's reaction time, perception and motor control, all of which could lead to drunk driving accidents. However, a growing concern in Ohio is the number of people who drive while under the influence of drugs.

Tougher drunk driving laws in Ohio effective as of April 4

A law has recently taken effect that aims to prevent incidents of drunk driving. Known as "Annie's Law," the new law institutes harsher penalties for those convicted of drunk driving and would also institute a new system affecting those who are convicted of drunk driving a second time or more. The law is named after a woman who passed away after being struck by a repeat drunk driver. The law went into effect April 4.

Can social hosts be held liable for drunk driving crash?

Last week's post on this blog discussed business's liability if a patron was consuming alcohol at their establishment and then went on to cause an accident that resulted in someone's injuries or death. Ohio's "dram shop" laws, as they are called, allow victims to hold these establishments liable if certain conditions are met. But what about accidents that take place after the drunk driver was drinking at someone's house?

What are Ohio's 'dram shop' laws?

When Ohio residents lose a loved one in a sudden accident, it is difficult to come to terms with their loss. When the crash is the result of a drunk driver, it is even more difficult to grasp how a drunk driver could get behind the wheel intoxicated and risk the lives of everyone on the road. One of the ways drunk driving accident victims can get closure is by holding the drunk driver accountable for their irresponsible behavior. In addition to this, under Ohio's Revised Code section 4399.18, accident victims can hold businesses accountable if a drunk person goes on to cause an accident. These laws are known as "dram shop" laws.

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