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State Representative arrested for drunk driving

Unfortunately, many families in the Cincinnati area have been affected by drunk driving. Drunk driving is a serious problem in the Cincinnati area and across Ohio. Drunk driving is also totally preventable if a person makes the choice not to drive after they have been drinking.

An Ohio State Representative from Bond Hill was recently arrested near Columbus for drunk driving. Representative Sedrick Denson was pulled over in the middle of the night on I-670 after a State Patrol Officer observed him speeding and crossing the white line. Denson failed a field sobriety test and refused a chemical test. He told the officer that he crossed the white line because he was checking his GPS as he was unfamiliar to the area. He is facing charges of driving under the influence, felony drug possession for a prescription medication found in his car and not prescribed to him and driving on a suspended license.

Several bad driving habits that can cause a serious accident

Most Cincinnati area residents understand the importance of safe driving. However, some drivers still engage in bad habits that can cause serious car accidents.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a list of the top ten safety enhancements that can be made to make people safer on the road. Many of these enhancements focus on drivers' actions. Items on the list include eliminating distractions, speeding, impairment and fatigue.

Drunk driving a serious problem in Ohio

Most Cincinnati area residents understand the importance of safe driving. Safe driving means that a driver is not engaged in dangerous behaviors, such as speeding, texting, or drinking. Despite knowing that drinking can lead to serious drunk driving accidents, some area residents still engage in it.

It is estimated that every 7.8 hours a person is killed on an Ohio road. Many of these accidents are preventable, as one third were caused by alcohol. Alcohol has dangerous effects on a person's body and impairs their reaction time and coordination, harms their vision, and inhibits their judgment and concentration. A person who is driving while impaired can easily cause an accident by veering into another lane, driving the wrong way on a road, hitting a bicyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian, or many other situations.

Car crash in Washington Township leaves one dead

Most people in the Cincinnati area are good drivers. They understand the importance of safe driving and engage in this behavior every time they are behind the wheel. But, not everyone makes good driving decisions. When a person does not drive safely and drives while texting or after they have been drinking, or any other dangerous activity, they may cause a serious car accident.

One person is dead following a three car crash in Highland County. The crash happened on State Route 73 in Washington Township when a pickup truck traveling northbound crossed the center line and hit a northbound car. Another car that was traveling northbound veered to the shoulder when it struck a culvert and went airborne. The driver of that car was pronounced dead at the scene. One other victim was taken to a hospital for their injuries.

Two injured in Centerville salt truck accident

This time of year, extra trucks are on the road to deal with the ice and snow the Cincinnati area receives. There are plows, salt trucks, and private plows along with the usual semi-trucks that are common. Drivers have a lot of obstacles to deal with when they're out on our roadways and sometimes these obstacles can cause serious truck accidents.

A recent accident near Centerville involved a car and salt truck. The salt truck was attempting to make a u-turn in the emergency lanes on I-675 when it cut off the car. The car hit the back of the salt truck. Both the driver of the salt truck and the car were taken to local hospitals with injuries. The accident is still under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Snow removal trucks can cause serious accidents

With the winter season upon us, Cincinnati residents understand how winter weather can affect our roads. Snow and ice are common in the winter and plow trucks and salt trucks can be anywhere. Most of the time these trucks are able to safely share the road with the rest of us but occasionally a serious accident occurs.

Salt trucks and plow trucks have an important job to do during the winter. When ice forms or snow falls these trucks are important in making sure our roads stay safe. Many times these trucks are on a timeline to get their jobs done, cover many miles in a short amount of time and travel during unsafe weather conditions. These truck drivers operate at all times of the day which often makes them fatigued.

Cincinnati man indicted for crash that killed motorcyclist

When the weather cooperates in the area, many residents enjoy taking to the roads on their motorcycle. A motorcycle is a great way to see the city and surrounding suburbs and countryside in an adventurous way. Many motorcyclists are able to safely share the road with other vehicles, but occasionally a serious accident occurs because of a negligent driver.

A Cincinnati man is facing new charges in an accident that killed a motorcyclist this past October in West Chester Township. The defendant was allegedly driving while impaired southbound on I-75 and was speeding when he struck the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple traumatic injuries. The driver has now been indicted for operating a vehicle under the influence and aggravated vehicular homicide.

What happens if injured by an uninsured driver

No matter how good a driver a Cincinnati area resident is, an accident can still happen. It is impossible to control every other driver out on the road. Distracted driving, speeding and other dangerous driving continues to occur on our roads. When a person is injured in a car accident, they face unexpected medical expenses and lost wages. But, if a person is injured by an uninsured driver the consequences can increase.

No one ever expects they will get into a car accident, especially one that leads to injuries. Unfortunately, this happens to many people in the Cincinnati area. Usually when there are injuries in a car accident, they are covered by the negligent party insurance's company. But, what happens when the negligent party does not have insurance?

Drunk driving accidents receiving thorough investigation

Driving around the Cincinnati area is usually a safe endeavor. Unfortunately, many families are still affected by an unexpected car accident each year. Many of these accidents are caused by preventable factors, including distracted driving and drinking and driving.

Car accidents that involve drinking and driving will now be receiving a more thorough investigation. There is a group of state agents who can trace back the negligent driver to where they were drinking and who was serving them. These investigators can be called in when there is a serious or fatal accident involving alcohol. Over the last year, the use of these investigators has increased over 76%. The investigators search for where the negligent driver received his alcohol and whether the establishment should have served him and hold the bar owners and bartenders responsible. If the investigators determined that a bartender or bar served a customer too much alcohol or if the patron was under age, they could face criminal charges, fines and liquor-license suspensions. One example of this program is a West Chester man who was charged with six counts of serving alcohol to a minor. These minors left the restaurant and were involved in a car accident with injuries. The restaurant in Clifton that he worked for was also charged and paid a $15,000 fine.

Hit-and-run victim seriously injured in Warren County

Many people in the Cincinnati area walk around their neighborhoods. Walking is great exercise and can be a good way to get places, like stores, banks, schools, etc. Most of the time, pedestrians are able to remain safe with drivers around them. Unfortunately, serious car accidents do occur in which pedestrians are hit by cars.

A pedestrian was seriously injured recently in Warren County by a hit-and-run driver. The pedestrian was crossing the road near Kroger and Somerset Apartments on Terra Firma Drive in Deerfield Township. An eyewitness to the accident said that the man was hit, the car who hit him slowed down and then drove off.

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