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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(331 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months 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 3 years, 11 months 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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3WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months 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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4NoBS(2829 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

+1, WilliamSwinger. How many arrests for DUI do they actually make on the typical operation? Two or three, literally. And another half dozen seat belt violations, and a handful of other miscellaneous offenses. When you consider how much it costs for the 20 or so cops, who are on overtime, to be there, it's not a very good return for the money. Take those same cops and have them drive up and down the main drags where DUIs have been caught in relatively high concentrations in the past, and other known problem areas, and I'll bet they make 10 times the arrests for DUI.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months 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(331 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months 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(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months 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 3 years, 11 months 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(331 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months 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(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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11boxerlover(133 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months 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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