A recent report published on the WalletHub.com website ranked the 50 states according to their overall strictness of impaired driving laws. The rankings took into consideration minimum sentences, mandatory jail time, fines and ignition interlock requirements, as well as the number of offenses allowed before the incident becomes a felony charge and numerous other factors.
Like most states in the U.S., Ohio has very specific criminal laws when it comes to drinking and driving. In Ohio, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is called OVI . Many people don't realize this type of criminal offense is broken down into two categories. The first category is OVI Per Se - it's what most people think of as drunk driving, where the operator of the vehicle has a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than .08 based upon specific tests.
Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett was arrested for drunk driving on Sunday, January 3, after a witness called 911 to report his erratic driving. When stopped by the police, he refused to perform sobriety tests. Then, as per Ohio law, he was taken to the nearest law enforcement facility with a breathalyzer, where he refused to take the test to determine his blood-alcohol content (BAC).