Franklin County Sherriff’s office received more than $223,000 in a federal grant to reduce alcohol-related car accidents and wrongful deaths in the fiscal year of 2012. The grant is given to 10 counties. The grant is administered by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services, who has awarded it to ten counties every year for several years.

The receipt of the grant is not really an honor, however, as it is awarded to the counties that have the highest numbers of alcohol-related car accident fatalities. The other counties awarded grants this year are:

  • Butler
  • Clark
  • Cuyahoga
  • Hamilton
  • Lucas
  • Mahoning
  • Montgomery
  • Summit
  • Warren

Franklin County is unfortunately high on the list of fatal alcohol-related accidents every year. So far this year, there have been 17 fatal alcohol-related accidents. There were also 282 nonfatal alcohol-related accidents in Franklin County so far this year. These grants fund OVI enforcement operations that included more than 1500 OVI stops this year.

If you have been injured in an alcohol-related accident or if you have lost a loved one, you may be able to receive compensation. Although nothing can bring back a loved one, a lawsuit can punish those responsible, including insurance companies that attempt to profit by facilitating drunk driving. Over a third of all drunk drivers are chronic offenders, and insurance companies profit by putting these drivers back on the road.

To learn whether you may be eligible to receive compensation, please schedule a free case evaluation with the personal injury lawyers of Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA in Columbus, Ohio