Ohio Drunken Driver Registry Incomplete

An investigation shows an online registry of repeat drunk drivers is incomplete.(Photo: file)
An investigation shows an online registry of repeat drunk drivers is incomplete.(Photo: file)

A newspaper investigation shows the Ohio online registry of repeatedly convicted drunken drivers includes information from only about half of the counties in the state and doesn’t include some habitual offenders.

The registry of those who operated a vehicle while under the influence is meant to include public information about those convicted of at least five OVI offenses within 20 years.

The Newark Advocate reports 75 courts from 46 of Ohio’s 88 counties have submitted data since the registry was created five years ago.

The registry now lists 522 offenders, though that includes several dozen duplicates.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety maintains the registry with information submitted by courts. There is no penalty under law if courts don’t provide the information.

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