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Facts about drunk driving crashes in Ohio

Drunk driving crashes in any state can be devastating. One fact sheet published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the rate of deaths from drunk driving crashes in Ohio is slightly higher than the national rate. Ohio's rate is 3.5 people per 100,000 people. The national rate is 3.3.

When it comes to drivers who drive after they drink too much, the Ohio statistics are just as harrowing as the previous statistic we mentioned. In Ohio, 2.2 percent of adults report that they drove after drinking too much within the 30 days prior to the survey. Nationally, only 1.9 percent of adult drivers noted the same thing.

It is interesting to note that males are killed in drunk driving accidents more than females. Males in Ohio die in drunk driving accidents at a rate of 5.5 per 100,000 population, which is higher than the 5.2 national rate. For females, the rate is 1.6 for Ohio and 1.5 nationally.

One way that Ohio is fighting to reduce the number of crashes caused by drunk drivers is conducting sobriety checkpoints. These checkpoints are allowed here, and they provide police officers with a means to determine if people who come upon the checkpoint are driving while intoxicated. The people who are stopped can be given breath tests to determine their blood-alcohol concentration.

Sadly, people will continue to be injured in drunk driving accidents. If you have been injured by a drunk driver or you have lost a family member because of a drunk driver, you should look at your legal options for seeking compensation.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Ohio," accessed July 20, 2016

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