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People refer to drunk driving with a lot of different initials. Some states use DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). In Ohio, our statute (Ohio Revised Code section 4511.19) talks about Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse. So the common Ohio drunk driving acronym is OVI, according to an Ohio OVI lawyer.

A separate Ohio drunk driving law covers boats (Ohio Revised Code section 1547.11). That statute covers operating a vessel, so it is also OVI, although some people think of BWI as Boating While Intoxicated or BUI as Boating Under the Influence.

Ohio Statutory Requirements for OVI

The Ohio drunk driving law is extremely detailed, with a lot of different subsections.

The first subsection is very general, saying that it is against the law in Ohio to operate a vehicle when you are under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse. This subsection does not require proof of any specific amount of alcohol or drug in your system.

Subsequent subsections of the Ohio OVI law provide that it is against the law in Ohio to operate a vehicle if you have a concentration of alcohol:

  • In your whole blood between .08% and .17%.
  • In your blood serum or plasma between .096% and .204%.
  • In your whole breath between .08 of a gram and .17 of a gram per 210 liters.
  • In your urine between .11 of a gram and .238 of a gram per 100 milliliters.
  • In your whole blood of .17% or more.
  • In your blood serum or plasma of .204% or more.
  • In your whole breath of .17 of a gram or more per 210 liters.
  • In your urine of .238 of a gram or more per 100 milliliters.

Different penalties apply depending on whether you are within the first limit or over the second limit.

Similarly detailed subsections identify the Ohio OVI limits for amphetamine, cocaine, cocaine metabolite, heroin, heroin metabolite, and L.S.D.

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