Labor Day will soon be here, and many in Cincinnati are looking forward to a three-day weekend where they can celebrate the end of summer. A beer at a party may not seem like a big deal. But, when a drink goes from one or two to four or more, it could lead to a drunk driving accident.
For this reason, many cities in Ohio have announced that they will be imposing OVI checkpoints over the holiday weekend. It may seem like publicizing the fact that there will be sobriety checkpoints would deter drivers from travelling in areas where the checkpoints are set up. However, announcing sobriety checkpoints ahead of time is part of what makes them legal. And, sobriety checkpoints do nab drunk drivers.
Ohio is no stranger to drunk driving accidents. In 2018 there were over 13,000 drunk driving crashes in the state. In these crashes, just over 402 people lost their lives. However, it should be noted that the number of drunk driving accidents in Ohio in 2018 did drop by approximately 8 percent compared to the number of crashes in 2017.
So, when celebrating this Labor Day weekend, it is important to handle alcohol responsibly. Those injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, or the families of those killed by intoxicated motorists, may be able to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim in order to recover the financial damages they incurred due to the crash. However, this post does not contain legal advice, nor can it serve as the basis for any legal filing. Those who need more information about their rights if they have been hit by a drunk driver will want to seek professional guidance to determine how to move forward.