Tougher Penalties for Ohio Wrong Way Drivers Debated
Updated: Thursday, April 18 2013, 08:43 AM EDT
COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Senate is again taking up a bill that would create tougher penalties for wrong-way drivers that cause an injury.
Senate Bill 77, introduced by Sen. Jim Hughes, (R)-Columbus, would impose a felony charge of the third degree on people who drive at least 500 feet down the wrong side of an intersection, injure someone, and are under the influence at the time of the occurrence.
Hughes introduced the same bill in the last General Assembly, but it did not pass by the end of the session.
Hughes and Officer Don Paden of the Columbus Police testified in favor of the bill Wednesday afternoon before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
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