Checkpoints, police, patrols being increased to combat OVI occurrences


As you drive through-out the county during the next few weeks, be prepared to see a greater number of police officers along your routes.

“Law enforcement will have a much-stronger presence in Mahoning County during this period,” said Scott Weamer, the Canfield Police Department’s assistant chief.

He spoke during a news conference the Mahoning County Operating a Vehicle While Impaired Task Force hosted Tuesday at the Canfield City Building on South Lisbon Street regarding staying safe on the roads and avoiding drinking and driving — especially toward the end of the traditional summer season.

Also on hand were officers from 14 police departments as well as a representative with the Cardinal Joint Fire District.

Weamer announced that beginning Friday through Sept. 1, the task force, which is made up of 13 law-enforcement agencies, will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization initiative.

The two weeks preceding Labor Day tend to have the highest number of people on area roads, which also means an increase in the number of alcohol-related crashes, Weamer noted.

The effort to curb the problem will include three additional checkpoints, local saturation patrols and patrol blitzes, Weamer said.

Read more about the effort in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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