Ohio State Highway Patrol releases new OVI Dashboard to curb impaired driving

In an effort to curb impaired driving violations, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has released a new dashboard for OVI enforcement and education.

The OVI Dashboard is a detailed view of impaired driving crashes and violations across Ohio, as well as the work that troopers, Ohio Investigative Unit agents, and law enforcement partners around the state are doing to reduce the impact of the deadly crime.

“There is never a good excuse for impaired driving, yet there are drivers who choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol every day,” said Governor DeWine. “By launching this new dashboard, we hope to enhance the public’s understanding of how often OVI crashes are happening and where they’re taking place.”

The new OVI Dashboard is a part of the Ohio Statistics and Analytics for Traffic Safety (OSTATS), a series of internal and public-facing dashboards dedicated to exploration, analysis, and visualization of crash data across Ohio, according to a release from OSP.

Users of the dashboard are able to filter data, find specific county and route statistics and get a “front seat view” of what troopers do every day to stop impaired driving.

There is also an interactive map that shows videos of troopers enforcing OVI violations.

“We recognize alcohol and drug impaired driving remains a top safety concern for Ohioans and people travelling through our state,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “This new Dashboard furthers the Patrol’s prioritization to protecting innocent lives from this devastating crime and is a new tool for the public and our troopers, who are arresting impaired drivers through focused enforcement every day.”

According to data provided by OSP, since 2016, there have been over 71,000 crashes in Ohio attributed to impaired driving, with 2,349 of them being fatal.

During the same timeframe, troopers issued over 123,000 OVI citations, with 31% of those being to repeat offenders.

Those interested in viewing the he OVI Dashboard can visit http://www.OVIDashboard.ohio.gov.