Why don't we just put all ex-felons on an online hit-list for all to see? Fair is fair, right?
COLUMBUS (WKBN) - The state on Friday unveiled a new registry for habitual OVI offenders.
The database will contain people that have five or more OVI convictions. It's searchable and available for the public to view.
The registry comes from a partnership of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety.
It basically automates what used to be a paper driven process.
Several recent media reports had identified gaps in the registry, which was created in 2008. The upgrades dramatically improve the system and the results.
Instead of relying on local court jurisdictions to submit forms to add a habitual offender to the registry, the new system compiles the information automatically from already existing electronic records.
A state law created the registry and defined who should be included:
- Anyone with five or more convictions during the past 20 years (at least one of the convictions must be since the law took effect on Sept. 30, 2008).
- The registry does not include convictions more than 20 years old.
- The registry does not include deceased people.
- The registry does not include out-of-state convictions.
- Juvenile offenses are included.
- If a single incident results in multiple impaired driving-related convictions, it is counted as one conviction for purposes of this registry.
This change comes just in time for the holiday season, which can be one of the most dangerous times of the year on the road because of an increase in impaired driving. The Patrol will be out in full force this holiday season, removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes.
- Once again, just because someone is on an online shaming list, won't prevent them from killing a whole family! Pretty soon we'll all be on an online registry of some kind, it's only a matter of time.
Last year in Ohio, seven people died in OVI-related crashes between Christmas and New Year's.
The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.