Drunken Driving Checkpoint (Somewhere) This Week

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it will announce the location the morning of the operation.

There will be an OVI checkpoint somewhere in the area this week, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol has not announced the location or day yet.

The patrol announced in a press release Monday morning from Ravenna that sometime in the next seven days a sobriety checkpoint will be set up to "deter and intercept impaired drivers." 

The day before the checkpoint is set up, the county where it will take place will be announced. The morning of the checkpoint, the location will be announced.

“Based on provisional data, there were 332 OVI related fatal crashes in which 359 people were killed last year in Ohio,” said Lt. Nakia J. Hendrix, Commander of the Patrol’s Ravenna Post. “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.”

Wherever the checkpoint is set up, local law enforcement agencies will help with the operation, according to the state highway patrol. 

"If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don't let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired," a press release stated.

To find out when and where, check back with Patch.

Dan August 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Why tell people where its at? What's the point in doing that, I mean really now. All they (the drivers) have to do is plan routes around the area to avoid it. Common sense people! Lets think about it!!!
joe ponikarovsky August 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
dan: that's always the first comment someone makes when patch posts these. the logic, according to wikipedia, for why it's mandatory to release info on where/when there will be checkpoints is that the knowledge will deter many people from going out (or driving impaired). also, for those that are driving impaired, chances are they're not thinking about checking news sites for checkpoint locations before they leave the bar.
Matthias P. August 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The actual logic in this case is the fact that police checkpoints are a legal gray area. (Your 4th amendment rights specifically) Police can not randomly stop drivers or pedestrians without a reasonable suspicion for doing so. A DUI checkpoint stops every car passing through it. This is an unreasonable seizure. Just because a citizen is driving in the evening, shouldn't be any suspicion they are breaking the law. Thus, announcing a checkpoint ahead of time makes it less of a 4th amendment violation. (and as Joe has said, deters people from drinking if they're going to drive)
Gerald Elekes August 21, 2012 at 06:19 PM
On June 14th, 1990, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Court found properly conducted sobriety checkpoints constitutional (Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Stiz (1990)). Noting checkpoints infringe on a constitutional right, Chief Justice Rehnquist also argued the state’s interest in reducing drunk driving outweighs this infringement. However, properly conducted checkpoints must have specific guidelines to avoid intrusiveness. Checkpoints cannot simply be set up haphazardly. The Supreme Court left it for states to determine safeguards. In Nov. 1990, the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. issued a report reviewing recommended checkpoint procedures entitled “The Use of Sobriety Checkpoints for Impaired Driving Enforcement”, DOT HS-807-656. 10 states found "traffic safety checkpoints" violate their State Constitution relating to 4th Amendment intrusiveness and unreasonable search & seizure. They don’t use them. 2 states skirt constitutional issues by allowing checkpoints, but they don’t use them. Traffic enforcement saturation patrols are used. One of some state's guidelines for conducting checkpoints is advance publicity. It fulfills two functions-- deterrence, and makes any evidence collected during the traffic stop a reasonable search and seizure by 4th Amendment standards. In other words, evidence gathered while lawfully detained and pursuant to arrest will not be suppressed in court. An easy legalese free solution-- “Don’t drink and drive.”
William B Budner ESQ. August 22, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Wanda Minor August 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Why? Because we live in the USA. Hitler LOVED checkpoints. Hussein loved checkpoints.
Desmo August 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM
As soon as I see that someone doesn't know the difference between "there" and "they're", I stop reading.
Bob Haley Jr. August 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I didn't even get that far. When the commenter referenced them self in the third person I tuned out.
wmfr August 23, 2012 at 01:47 PM
damn, who really cares - The main thing is that the roads might be a tad safer for a few days.
Alex White August 23, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Perhaps, English is his 2nd language? Or is it Splanglish? Welcome to the new and improved America, or is it El Norte? In Mexico, the Federales don't ask for your driver's license at traffic saftey checkpoints, they just gun you down and take your truck. I think Senor Gordo Pinchero might be pulling the burro’s tail. I can't wait for Macho Gabacho, Zilla, and Jose Maricon's comments. I already have my language translator in hand. In the interim, Budweiser’s all around, amigos.


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