Drunken Driving Cases Vary Across State

POSTED BY: News Department
Saturday, July 5, 2003 - 06:03 PM
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A newspapers analysis says motorists charged with drunken driving are more likely to be convicted in some Ohio municipal courts than others. The Washington Court House Recorder-Herald found that municipal courts in Willoughby and Ironton had the highest percentage of drunken driving cases that resulted in convictions, 97% in 2002, where Chillicothe had the lowest with 25%. The newspaper examined drunken driving case data collected by the Ohio Supreme Court from each of the state’s 119 municipal courts. The analysis found that statewide, 65.2% of those charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated ended up being convicted of that charge. Mothers Against Drunk Driving said that municipal courts too often allow those charged with drunken driving to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

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