The Ohio Investigative Unit Conducts “Trace Back Investigations”
The Ohio Investigative Unit (formerly Liquor Control) has taken on a new task in Ohio – “trace back” investigations. When a fatal crash occurs and alcohol or drugs are suspected, the OIU will step in to see where the alcohol came from and whether or not the person providing the alcohol or drugs can be held responsible.
Through an integrated re-structuring within the Ohio Department of Public Safety that will reduce facility costs, streamline administrative functions and lead to better collaboration through improved information sharing and oversight, Ohio troopers will continue to focus on the suspected impaired driver, but Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) agents (formerly referred to as liquor agents) will now investigate if there are other criminal violations which may have led to the driver’s impairment.
“Trace-back” investigations will be made available without cost to any Ohio law enforcement agency as well. Officials said this may be the first and most comprehensive effort of its type in the United States. Critics (like me) say that this revives a prohibition era idea of punishing the providers of alcohol rather than holding the individuals responsible for their actions. It is a method of inducing fear in sellers so as to create a taboo related to alcohol. It also coincides with the new goals of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) which has sought to demonize providers of alcohol to minors, be they store clerks or parents.
ODPS Director Thomas P. Charles said. “We owe it to the families who have lost a loved one, whose lives never are the same because of a senseless act, to find out all the facts that led to the tragedy.” Director Charles said the new structure will allow Ohio Investigative Unit agents to focus efforts on three keys areas: trace-back investigations on all fatal and serious injury crashes in which alcohol and drugs are suspected; special investigations such as human trafficking in liquor establishments; and investigations of serious violations of Ohio’s liquor laws. Source
We have seen investigations of this type in recent fatal accidents. A convenience store clerk was charged and faces a possible six (6) months in jail as a result of an incident involving a sale to a minor who subsequently crashed and died as a result of his injuries. [HERE] The store faces the revocation of its liquor license.
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