Until a few days ago, the scope of driving privileges for Ohio DUI/OVI suspensions was very limited. A parent on limited driving privileges was not permitted to drive children for extra-curricular activities. A person on limited driving privileges was not allowed to drive to care for elderly parents. A person on limited driving privileges could not drive to AA or counseling unless it was court-ordered. That changed last week, when the state legislature revised Ohio law for limited driving privileges.
The revised law is Ohio Revised Code section 4510.021. That section authorizes courts to grant limited driving privileges for driver license suspensions, including DUI/OVI suspensions. The last time the statute changed was 2004. Before 2004, the law only provided for occupational driving privileges. In 2004, the statute was revised to expand driving privileges, authorizing privileges for the following purposes:
• Occupational, educational, vocational, or medical purposes;
• Taking the driver’s or commercial driver’s license examination;
• Attending court-ordered treatment.
The most recent change to the law, in September of 2016, further expands the permissible scope of limited driving privileges. The statute still lists the purposes above and now adds the catch-all phrase, “Any other purpose the court determines appropriate”.