Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) introduced House Bill 388 on November 5, 2015, proposing to increase the look-back for OVI's from 6 years to 10 years, while allowing unlimitted driving privileges provided an interlock system is obtain.
House Bill 388 proposes to make the following changes to Ohio DUI (OVI) law. Currently DUI Penalties look back six (6) years for prior DUIs. The penalties escalate dependent on the number of prior OVIs during the previous 6 years. HB 388 would increase that look back period to 10 years.
Second, the Bill proposes to allow immediate unlimited driving privileges for first-time offenders if the person obtains an interlock system and restricted driver's license. Currently, first-time offenders are eligible for limited driving privileges 15 days after their citation (i.e., the "Hard Suspension").
An interlock is an ignition device that requires breath samples before the vehicle will start and while the vehicles is operating. If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle will not start and the results will be sent to the probation officer. Devices may cost between $200 and $300 to install, and between $100 and $200 per month to maintain. With HB 388, driving without the interlock could cause a person to face as much as double their license suspension.
Here is a video regarding the current penalty structure: