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Man confesses to fatal drunk driving accident, hopes to prevent others from drinking and driving

The penalties for drunk driving are usually steep and include fines, driver's license suspension and even jail time.
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    December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Because alcohol impairs judgment, most people who choose to drink and drive don't think they will get into an accident that will hurt others. Nobody wants to get into an accident that will change their lives, or the lives of another family, forever. Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens every day throughout the country. There are many drunk driving arrests each year in Ohio alone. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there have been 20,452 OVI arrests in Ohio this year so far.

The penalties for drunk driving are usually steep and include fines, driver's license suspension, possible alcohol abuse treatment and even jail time. Those convicted of driving while intoxicated may also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles to prevent them from driving drunk. But these consequences pale in comparison to what can happen if a drunk driver causes a fatal accident.

Man makes confession and hopes to change other's lives

Although most people who hurt someone in a drunk driving crash feel remorse for their mistake, many will not want to face the consequences, including years of prison time. However, one Ohio man recently made an online video confessing to an accident he caused, when he hit another person driving the wrong way while intoxicated last June, said CBS Cleveland. Authorities say his blood alcohol content had been about twice the legal limit at the time of the crash. The man expressed deep remorse, and said he intended to plead guilty and take full responsibility for his actions, as well as expressing hope that his video would help to inspire others not to make the same choice to drink and drive.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests that drunk driving can be reduced by treatment programs and interventions focused on alcohol problems. This may go a long way toward preventing future accidents.

Getting help from an attorney

The laws regarding OVI in Ohio are strict, but people accused of drunk driving have the right to receive fair representation in court. Whether you have been arrested for drunk driving and it's your first offense, or if you're facing serious aggravated charges due to the injury or death of another, you deserve to have your side heard and to be treated fairly in court. An experienced drunk driving defense attorney may be able to negotiate some of your penalties, as well as advise you of what you are facing and walk you through each step of the process during this uncertain time.

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