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Checkpoints in Summit County for Friday and Saturday Night

Attention all people of Summit County who plan on going out for some weekend fun…  The Akron Beacon Journal (ohio.com) has confirmed that the authorities at the Summit County OVI Task Force will be conducting sobriety checkpoints across the entire county on Friday (tonight) and it may even spill over into Saturday night.  Now it looks like Summit County is not the only county involved the the sobriety sweeps.  Franklin and Marion Counties are also going to be conducting sobriety checkpoints at various locations.

The OVI Task Force of Summit County did not confirm where they would be setting up the sobriety checks, but they usually do it in high traffic areas.  They will be looking for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  At an OVI checkpoint, police officers stop drivers using a pattern/sequence – for example, stopping every third car. The officers then evaluate drivers of the stopped vehicle for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.  Usually  police officers must have probable cause to stop a vehicle, but the Supreme Court ruled in 1990 DUI checkpoints don’t require probable cause provided that certain criteria are followed.  The Supreme Court decision held the government’s interest in reducing alcohol-related injuries was sufficient to justify a “brief intrusion” of a checkpoint. There are only eleven states do not permit DUI checkpoints.

Based on a past OVI Checkpoint here in the city… look at the stats

Results of the South Main Street at Thornton Street checkpoint:
737 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total
53 Vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations
1 Person was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
10 People were arrested for Driving under Suspension
2 People were cited for No Operator’s License
1 Person was cited for Operating on only a Temporary Permit
1 Person was cited for Failure to use Safety Restraints
3 Vehicles were impounded
Results of the Thornton Street at May Street checkpoint:
101 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total
10 Vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations
2 People were arrested for Driving under Suspension
3 People were cited for no Operator’s License
1 Person was cited for failing to use child restraints for children
1 Person was cited for misdemeanor Drug Abuse

Clevelandnews.com 

This year alone in Ohio, there have been over 10,000 drug violations and over 15,000 OVI violations based on traffics stops alone.  Everybody has to drive, so please… be safe when you are driving.  Follow all the traffic laws, because traffic stops usually are the gateway for a lot of other legal issues, as you can see in the chart above.  I just want you all to b safe. Click here all the stats

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