Online database tracks Ohio's OVI offenders

Ben Katko reports: Ohio expands DUI registry

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The state of Ohio has adopted a new method to keep drunk drivers off the streets. An online OVI offender registry allows the public to access information on repeat offenders. Anyone with five or more convictions in the past 20 years will be added to web site.

This year 23 thousand motorists have been arrested for impaired driving and there are currently there are 53 hundred offenders registered in the system.

"Our job is to keep the roadways safe, and that's what we intend to do," said Sgt. Mark Nelson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. "What we're doing is, we're using it as just another tool that we can use to try to deter people from drinking and driving," Nelson added.

Through this web site, officers are hoping that the possibility of seeing your name on it, which is searchable by anyone, will be enough to get you to think twice before drinking and driving.

The web site was launched five years ago but has since undergone a overhaul.

It's a welcomed idea for Tri-State drivers. "I think it's an awesome idea.  I think it should be more public.  Let everybody know.  The more awareness, the more things we can do about it," said Donald Stropes of Norwood.

To continue to fight back against drunk drivers, Nelson tells FOX19 they will continue to step up patrols, as well as increase their manpower, to catch intoxicated drivers through the New Year's holiday.

To check out the OVI offender database, click here:

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