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OVI checkpoint Saturday in Mahoning County

Published: Fri, August 17, 2012 @ 8:30 p.m.

CANFIELD — The Mahoning Operating a Vehicle Impaired Task Force will have a sobriety checkpoint Saturday in Mahoning County to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Specific details of the checkpoint location have not been disclosed. Saturation patrols will also be conducted throughout the weekend.

Assisting in the patrols will be officials from the Mahoning County OVI Task Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Ohio Department of Transportation.


1rickking123(292 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

If these checkpoints are so great the location needs to be disclosed ahead of time. All aspects of government work best when the "sun" shines in and there is full disclosure to the public.

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2dawn421(265 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

have to say i agree with you youngstownborn. what is the point of having them if they let the drunk drivers know where they are.

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3Southside_Res(172 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

To the last two post, have to quite agree. And, to the first one, I think it's wondrous that government has made it this far and is putting enough "sunshine" out there to let the public know they are trying, at least. I am still surprised at how many people still drive while impaired. And, worse, people just still want to text and drive while chatting on cell phones, even though they know it impairs their driving. How many locals, this year alone, have been sentenced for killing someone while texting or using a cell phone? Is this texting and using cell phones a greater danger than drunk drivers now? I really wonder.

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4WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

These checkpoints are a ruse and are simply un-American. Probable cause folks... mean anything to you? How about freedom? Free from unwarranted searches and seizures? Any of this ringing a bell? Those who would trade their freedom for security get neither and lose both.

And if the interest is OVI, then why are they checking and arresting for other violations? If the checkpoint screened for OVI and OVI alone and could arrest for only OVI I may be more convinced. But that is not what happens, is it.

You guys are simply dumb for supporting these things.

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5Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

If they take ONE dui driver off the streets it's worth every penny they spend on it. For that ONE dui driver might kill YOU or YOUR FAMILY or a INNOCENT DRIVER/FAMILY/CHILD. Just might save a life if that means anything to you's.

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6rickking123(292 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Neither Youngstown Born or Dawn have a clue as to the personal liberty these checkpoints infringe upon.. This is the United States
not Nazi Germany where innocent people should not be stopped for merely driving down the road. Have the police patrol the roads instead and stop those who exhibit signs of intoxication.

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7IslandMike(752 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Driving is NOT a right protected by the constitution. The police do need probable cause or permission to search a vehicle, but if the driver is impaired that opens the door for the state to search and impound the vehicle.

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8dawn421(265 comments)posted 2 years ago

hey rikking, why dont you try reading my post first before you bring my name up? i never said i support the checkpoints, i said its stupid to say where they are

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9rickking123(292 comments)posted 2 years ago

Please island mike that argument is made by people that don't have anything better to argue.

Is walking down the street a right??
should you be subject to a stop and frisk wheneve you leave the house?

Find the impaired drivers by how they drive. Don't stop innocent people under the guise of a checkpoint.

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10southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years ago

The solution is simple: don't drink and drive or get a designated driver.

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11boxerlover(124 comments)posted 2 years ago

Driving is a privilege, not a right. If you plan on drinking and driving and get caught up in a checkpoint, stands to reason you will lose your privilege. Now if the cops kick your ass because you are a beligerent drunk, then yes, maybe your rights would be violated.

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