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What Ohio county has the most drunk driving accidents?

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2021 | Drunk Driving Accidents

A pandemic-dominated 2020 saw fewer cars on Ohio roads. With more space for motorists came a reduction of all accidents by 17 percent. However, the motor vehicle collision numbers are not all good news.

While the roads were risky for a reduced number of travelers, fatalities saw a tragic ten percent increase last year. Out of the 13,136 Operating a Vehicle While Impaired (OVI) accidents, 685 resulted in death. In 2019, 13,047 drunk driving crashes occurred, with 597 people dying.

The dangers of driving in certain Ohio counties

Going back to 2016, Ohio is close to exceeding 80,000 drunk driving accidents, according to the state’s OVI data site. More than 71,000 crashes in Ohio attributed to impaired driving – more than 2,700 of which were fatal. To date, troopers are closing in on issuing close to 135,000 OVI citations, with nearly a third going to repeat offenders.

With Montgomery County leading the way, a recent study reveals Ohio’s “tragic top ten” using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System:

County OVI Death Percentages Fatality Rate (per 100,000) Number of OVI Deaths All Traffic-Related Deaths County Population
Montgomery County 37% 17.5 93 254 532,331
Summit County 35% 11.6 63 179 541,918
Franklin County 33% 10.8 141 431 1,310,300
Lucas County 32% 14.7 63 194 429,899
Butler County 31% 11.5 44 142 382,378
Stark County 30% 13.7 51 167 371,574
Lorain County 30% 2.6 41 136 309,461
Mahoning County 29% 2.5 29 99 229,642
Clermont County 28% 2.4 25 88 205,466
Delaware County 28% 2.1 21 109 329,261

Driving anywhere close to a drunk driver can result in life-changing and life-ending outcomes. Operating a car under the influence goes beyond negligence. Those responsible face criminal charges.

If you suffered injuries or the tragic loss of a loved one in a DUI accident, a skilled attorney could provide another form of justice.

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