Ohio’s official unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 13 years after employers added naerly 18,000 jobs in November.
Ohio is one of 40 states that use sobriety checkpoints to screen for drunk drivers. But a group representing the restaurant industry says Ohio’s sobriety checkpoints are ineffective. The American Beverage Institute says checkpoints caught fewer than one percent of people driving under the influence. They say saturation or roving police patrols are far more efficient.
Ohio legislators are looking at yet another way to crack down on drunk drivers.
The Franklin County DUI Task Force will be working overtime this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and the NCAA play offs.
Activists concerned about drunken driving want to crack down on motorists who refuse to take breathalyzer tests.
Ohio legislators are sending motorists a clear warning — you better not get behind the wheel if you’re high on drugs. Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that sets very specific thresh-holds in blood or urine tests that could be used to prove a driver is indeed guilty of driving under the influence of drugs.
Prosecutors, judges and juries often use the results of breathazlyzer tests to convict people of driving drunk. But many defense attorneys say the tests are not always reliable.
The wife of Mayor Michael Coleman, Frankie Coleman, pleaded guilty today to a drunk driving charge and was sentenced to three days in jail, fined 250 dollars and given restricted driving privileges. Mrs. Coleman was arrested in October by Bexley Police following an accident on Cassingham Road. A breath test found she had a blood alcohol level of .271.
Attorneys for the wife of Columbus Mayor Coleman say they want to keep their client out of jail. They’re questioning the qualifications of the Bexley police officer who gave Frankie Coleman a breathalyzer test last month following a traffic accident. That strategy, according to a Columbus attorney, is a standard defense in drunken driving cases.
Winter weather is on its way to Central Ohio. The Ohio Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to get ready for winter conditions.