Friday, January 01, 2010

Ohio DUI Violators List Has Few Repeat Offenders

COLUMBUS - A Web site meant to list the names of multiple drunken driving offenders in Ohio contains fewer than

1 percent of repeat violators because of a change to legislation just before it was passed.

A bill creating the list of repeat offenders was apparently weakened - without the knowledge of the lawmaker who sponsored it - before it was approved in 2008.

The site currently contains the names of those with five or more convictions, and the last one must have occurred after Sept. 29, 2008. Only 96 people are on the list, coming from just 33 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The cutoff date leaves out an estimated 36,000 Ohioans with five or more DUI convictions since 1973, but whose last conviction was before September 2008, when the law took effect.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Tim Grendell, said he was unaware that so many repeat offenders were excluded from the Web site. He said that was not his intent and that he would introduce legislation in 2010 to require the names of all Ohioans with at least five drunken driving convictions to be displayed.
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