Newspaper: Ohio Drunken Driving Convictions Common

Jan 2, 2012

More than 1.1 million people have at least one conviction for driving while impaired in Ohio.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that's about one in every seven licensed drivers in the state.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety provided the newspaper with a breakdown on the number of convictions, which includes people from outside the state who were caught in Ohio. Almost 45,000 people have five or more convictions. Two people share the state record of 20 convictions.

 Still, case filings from the Ohio Supreme Court show misdemeanor arrests for driving while impaired have fallen nearly 20 percent statewide over the past five years. Authorities said the numbers could be declining because of fewer officers on patrol, or national campaigns that warn about the dangers of drinking and driving.