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State Upgrades Habitual Drunk Driver Offender Registry

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is expanding its online registry of repeat drunken-drivers. The change comes after reports that the registry contained information from courts in only about half of Ohio's counties. State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Anne Ralston says the agency has upgraded the registry so that it compiles up to date information automatically from existing electronic records.

The Habitual Offender Registry includes people who have been convicted at least five times of driving under the influence during the past two decades. It does not include out-of-state convictions. Some, but not all, of the people in the registry have permanently lost their driving privileges. Ralston says names in the registry are at the Patrol's website . She says the information will help warn Ohioans about people in their community who have a chronic problem with drinking and driving.

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