Ohio ranked one of the most lenient states when it comes to DUI laws

Posted at 6:34 PM, Aug 11, 2017

Drunk driving takes a huge toll in the United States, claiming roughly 10,000 lives every year and costing Americans more than $44 billion a year.

New rankings from WalletHub show which states are most aggressive when it comes to DUI laws. Ohio is almost dead last.

Less than three months ago, Robert Rosson hit a child in a stroller outside Beachwood Mall and just kept driving. Turns out, he shouldn’t have been driving in the first place. His license was suspended for an OVI conviction.

In March, dash cam video captured the arrest of a suspected drunk driver in Summit County. It was Diane Rolland’s 4th DUI arrest.

In January, Sherry Wilson was arrested for drinking and driving for the 6th time in less than 20 years.

Dawn Kvasnicka was stopped by Streetsboro Police in September of last year. She was more than four times the legal limit, and it was her second OVI charge that day.

So, it might not surprise you to learn Ohio just ranked 49th on a new list from WalletHub, which looks at drunk driving penalties in the U.S.

According to that research, Arizona is the strictest, scoring 84%.

Ohio got just over 28%, ahead of only the District of Columbia and South Dakota.

This is in spite of new DUI penalties that went into effect in April, under Annie's Law.

Annie's Law increases the mandatory minimum driver's license suspension for a first time offender from six months to one year. The driver can request to drive if they get a breathalyzer put on their car. The breathalyzer is mandatory for a second OVI arrest.