Increase in Drugged Driving in Ohio
Many drivers might not know that drugged driving results in the same penalties as drunk driving in the state of Ohio. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that higher number of teens driving while under the influence of marijuana than alcohol. According to a survey, 1 in 6 teens reported to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the last two weeks and 1 in 4 teens have been in a car driven by someone under the influence. It’s understandable why drugged driving is popular amongst teens with their difficulty to obtain alcohol. OHSP officials have said that it’s not only a problem with teens however.
Just like driving under the influence of alcohol, drugged driving has limits regarding the amount of a substance in your body. Similar to a breath test of .08, if your blood or urine test comes back positive, you are subject to equal charges. Even if you do not test over the legal limit, you can still be charged with an OVID impaired charge if you were seen swerving or driving recklessly. A police officer only has to see signs that appear you are driving under the influence. You can also be charged with drug possession related charges if you have drugs on you at the time you were driving. These penalties include jail time, fines, and suspended driver’s license.
The attorneys of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder have experience in fighting OVI/DUI charges. Contact an attorney today if you would like to set up an in-person consultation.