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Holidays in Columbus: drinking and driving

Over the holidays, motorists should be aware of increased drunk driving patrols.
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    December 14, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Holidays in Columbus: drinking and driving

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If you recently traveled home to Columbus over the Thanksgiving holiday, you probably ran into a bit of holiday traffic. During the months of November through January, Ohio is jammed packed with motorists. This is because Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year and other celebrations involve ample holiday travel, which helps individuals reach varied celebrations among family and friends. In anticipation of increased celebrations and driving during the next few months, the Ohio Highway Patrol is reminding motorists of the dangers of drinking and driving.

According to the Port Clinton News Harold, 12 individuals were killed in nine car accidents on Ohio's roads during last year's Thanksgiving weekend. Most of the fatalities resulted from impaired driving -- a common danger during the holiday season. Wintertime festivities often include overconsumption of both food and drink. As a result, drunk driving is a serious problem during this time of year. Moreover, local authorities are taking notice. They plan to increase patrolling throughout the end of the year.

AAA estimates that approximately 43.4 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles over the holidays. This is a lot of road time. When roads are busy, this brings more complexities to road travel. For this reason, the Ohio Highway Patrol's superintended notes, "We all share the responsibility of contributing to a safe holiday on Ohio roadways by obeying all traffic laws and never driving impaired." If you are impaired behind the wheel, you may not be equipped to handle the dangers and hurdles of holiday driving.

Drunk driving in Ohio

Driving under the influence or Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) has major legal consequences in Ohio. Penalties include jail time, suspensions and financial burdens. Moreover, OVI cases can be difficult and confusing. For example, a drunk driving conviction could bring about administrative charges, which incorporate unique procedures and repercussions (supplemented to the standard procedures associated with the criminal justice system).

A defendant convicted of OVI may have to participate in special treatment programs. Also, an offender could experience embarrassment after being slapped with a special license plate. In general, a drunk driving conviction can lead to several financial, professional and societal consequences.

If you face charges for drunk driving over the holidays, it helps to act quickly. A legal professional versed in criminal laws can help guide you through your case. To help reduce the repercussions associated with a charge or conviction, contact an experienced lawyer in your area.

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