Judge orders convicted drunken drivers to download ride-hailing apps
Judge Michael Cicconetti/Alchetron
An Ohio judge known for creative sentences is ordering convicted drunken drivers to download ride-hailing apps as a condition of their probation.
Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti of Painesville, northeast of Cleveland, orders convicted drivers to download Uber and Lyft and to enter a credit card number on the apps, report the Willoughby News-Herald, The Associated Press and Fox8.
“If you can save one person from getting another OVI,” Cicconetti told the News-Herald, “one person from getting into an accident, one person from hurting somebody else, it makes sense. It’s just common sense. It doesn’t cost anybody anything to install it and activate it, and it’s far cheaper than paying the thousands of dollars you’d have to pay for another OVI.”
“It’s not one of those unusual sentences,” he said. “There’s nothing crazy about it.”