Caution: Drunken Driving Checkpoint Friday, Here's Where it's Happening

Find out where in Portage County police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight until Saturday morning.

Brimfield Township, OH — This morning, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced that a checkpoint will be set up on State Route 43 near milepost 9 in Brimfield Township.

The checkpoint will be conducted from 10 p.m. tonight until 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

The checkpoints are federally funded and local police departments assist in the operation.

The purpose is to "deter and intercept impaired drivers," according to the OSHP.

The last time a checkpoint was conducted in Brimfield, a total of 25 people. 

"Based on provisional data, there were 332 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 359 people were killed last year and 7,507 injured in Ohio,” Lt. Nakia Hendrix, commander of the Ravenna Post, said. “State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in combating these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

Stephanie Greene May 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
So, doesn't announcing where the checkpoint is at cancel out the purposes of a checkpoint? If I was going to be out drinking, I would just make a reminder on my phone to avoid that area.
James Thomas May 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
SG, one would think so, but if you look at how many offenders are caught in these checkpoints it really boggles the mind.
Debbie S. May 18, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I wish Patch wouldn't publish this information ahead of time. Sure the checkpoints still catch those who were unaware or unconcerned, but I'm sure it causes others to just drink and drive elsewhere.
Matt Fredmonsky May 18, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Debbie, the Ohio Highway Patrol informs all of Ohio's nearby media outlets when they are holding OVI checkpoints. The information is sent out in a press release for publication. If the Ohio Highway Patrol did not want this information out there, then they wouldn't invite the media to publish the locations. With that said, you would have to ask them for their reasoning as to making the information public — possibly as a deterrent?
Debbie S. May 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
It would be interesting to hear OHP's take on it, wouldn't it? Maybe Patch should do a story about this!
Matt Fredmonsky May 18, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Duly noted.
joe ponikarovsky May 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
isn't it possibly entrapment if they don't announce it? similar to how a cop isn't supposed to sit in a hidden, wooded area with their lights off, waiting for speeders? (or at least that's what i thought, i see 'em do it all the time though.) also, can't patch block comments on these? it's always the same ones of "why do they do this" and similar backlash with the reverse opinion, etc. from either viewpoint, it's nothing new. some people don't like these announcements, some do. why argue every time?
Debbie S. May 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Maybe it *is*considered entrapment, joe. I don't have a good grasp on how that would apply, though. If someone FORCED you to drink and drive, it might be entrapment, but since you are willingly doing it to yourself... As for the comments, I don't see any arguing going on here; just good discussion! I don't think I've ever made a comment to this effect before (though I could be wrong). And I certainly didn't know the info Matt provided. I am not in favor of Patch itself blocking comments. My take is that if folks don't want to participate in such discussions (or feels they're repetitive, etc...), they can simply avoid reading the comments (or avoid this type of participatory media outlet altogether). I am in favor of MORE quality discussion among community members, not less!
Matt Fredmonsky May 18, 2012 at 05:29 PM
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joe ponikarovsky May 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
@debbie: fair enough! this is the second time in the past month this has come up, and i've just seen the same comments, so i guess i should stop reading! regarding why these are announced: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_checkpoint#Legality_in_the_United_States and specifically, one of the NHTSA guidelines is: "Advance publicity is necessary to reduce the intrusiveness of the checkpoint and increase its deterrent effect."
THOMAS KANE May 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
As a police officer most of my life,I can tell you guys all have legitament concerns.But with concern comes worry and then usually confision over the issue.When it comes to a traffic radar or speeding enforcement all the officer has to be is seen in plain view at ''some point''.Where that point cmes in is a discrescenary call by the officer.As far as publish ahead of time it is actually not only a public courtesy,but a public safety.When drivers know ahead of time the possible congestion or stopped traffic we all are better off and even the majoritydrivers; non drinkers can avoid this.
Debbie S. May 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
joe - That's an informative link! I'm glad to see that the highest court in the land has considered and ruled on this issue. Hopefully measured studies have been done showing that advanced publicity actually does have a deterrent effect (so it's not just supposition). I know I'm not the only one who wants people who drink and drive not only caught, but prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! Thanks for the conversation. (-:
DEAD MAN WALKIN May 18, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Amanda Harnocz May 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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Troy McClure May 19, 2012 at 07:24 PM
And maybe while you're being all macho, you can learn where your CAPS LOCK button is on your keyboard.
Troy McClure May 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I believe they have to release this information to the media, as a result of some lawsuit/legal action a few years ago. Whether the media outlet wants to publish it is up to them. But, these things -- although announced -- still nab people.


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