New legislation signed by Gov. Kasich on January 4, 2017 is aimed at reducing the number of repeat OVI offenders. The law is termed “Annie’s Law” in response to the tragic death of Annie Rooney resulting from being struck by an impaired driver. The legislation will allow judges to offer shorter suspension periods and unlimited driving hours with the installation of an interlock breathalyzer in the vehicles of first time offenders. The interlock system will require the driver to blow into the breathalyzer system before the vehicle will start, thus ensuring that the operator is not under the influence before operating the vehicle. This legislation will go into effect April 4, 2017. Click here to read the relevant portions of House Bill 388.
Content provided by OVI defense attorney David Gast