On Friday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released a “Traffic Safety Bulletin” containing the statistics for OVI-related arrests and crashes [available HERE].  Some of the highlights…

In 2011, OSHP officers made 23,708 arrests for OVI. This is a 7% increase from 2010 levels.  Of these, more than one in five (4,963 or 21%) included a speeding violation; 3,900 (16%) involved a violation for driving without a valid driver license; and nearly one in eight (2,853/12%) included a safety belt violation.  Nearly two-thirds (65%) of OVI arrests occurred between midnight and 4:00 a.m.; More than half (53%) of all OVI arrests were made between 5:00 p.m. Friday and 5:00 a.m. Sunday.  Franklin County led the state with 2,009 OVI arrests. Lorain County was second with 1,015 followed by Montgomery County (997) and Stark County (772).  In the Miami Valley OSHP arrest numbers for 2011 were led by Montgomery County (997), Warren County (552), Greene County (480), Clark County (397) and Miami County (181).  These numbers only reflect arrests by the OSHP and does not include the activity or inactivity of local police departments in making OVI arrests.

Crash statistics were also released.  In 2011, 13,799 “OVI-related” crashes occurred on Ohio roads, resulting in 401 deaths and 8,517 injuries.  Nearly half (45%) of at-fault drivers in OVI crashes were between 21 and 35 years of age; an additional 20% were between 36 and 45 years of age. Drivers age 16 to 20 were at fault in nine percent (9%) of OVI crashes. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of all OVI crashes in 2011 were speed-related.  The term “OVI-related” is not defined in the release.

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