Columbus Ohio OVI Laws

Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence Laws in Ohio

Drunk driving laws are different in every state. Some municipalities even have additional laws against driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. OVI laws for residents of Columbus, Ohio are contained in both the Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 and Chapter 2133 of the Columbus Municipal Code.

Columbus Municipal Code: Intoxication; Reckless Operation; Speed

According to Chapter 2133 of the Columbus, OH Municipal Code, it is illegal to operate a vehicle if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • The driver is under the influence of alcohol, a drug, or a combination of alcohol and drugs
  • The driver’s blood alcohol concentration is at or above .08% but less than .17%
  • The driver has a blood serum or plasma concentration between .096% and .204%
  • The driver’s alcohol/urine ratio is between .11 of one gram and .238 of one gram
  • The driver’s whole blood to alcohol ratio is .17%
  • The driver has a concentration of a controlled substance or metabolites of a controlled substance in their blood, plasma, or urine

To read more about Columbus’ OVI statutes, visit Chapter 2133 online. In large part, Columbus’ municipal OVI codes mimic the state codes.

Ohio Revised Code 4511.19

It is illegal to operate a vehicle (including streetcars and trolleys) while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also illegal to operate a vehicle with certain concentrations of alcohol and blood in a person’s blood, whole blood, urine, or plasma. The statutes, much like the municipal code, detail the specific concentration limits for each. Visit ORC 4511.19 online to view the complete statute.