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DUI Checkpoints – Why They Exist

DUI Checkpoints & The Supreme Court DUI checkpoints, have been upheld by the United States Supreme Court. In the 1990 case of Michigan v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990), the court reviewed a checkpoint scheme to detect drunk drivers. Michigan demonstrated that its checkpoint program was minimally intrusive. In addition, they relied heavily upon the fact that Michigan established and operated the DUI checkpoints pursuant to specific procedural safeguards. The Court relied heavily upon a decision of the California Supreme Court, Ingersoll v. Palmer, 742 P.2d 1299 (1987).  Like Sitz, the Ingersoll case placed strict procedural guidelines on the government. City of...

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I Oppose OVI Checkpoints – Text “DaytonDUI” To 313131

Why do I oppose OVI checkpoints? I oppose OVI checkpoints because they are wrong! When I was a kid growing up in the Miami Valley, we believed that what separated us from the evil Soviet Union was our freedom.  It was a Cold-War trope that in America you need not fear officers of the state stopping you for no reason to ask for your papers. Americans travel freely!  It was at the end of the Cold-War that America began its decades long War on Drugs.  The War on Drugs fundamentally changed who we are. We started to fear each other. We no...

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No Sobriety Checkpoints In Columbus

In a rare and unexpected move, there will be No Sobriety checkpoints in Columbus. There will be no grant-funded drunk driving checkpoints in Columbus. The Columbus Division of Police has declined to accept grant funds.  According to the Columbus Dispatch, Sgt. Michael Smith told law enforcement partners, "By order of Chief Jacobs, grant funding has been declined to fund future sobriety checkpoints operations." In addition, "It is with great disappointment that I report to you that Columbus Division of Police no longer has a formal OVI task force." This means that Columbus will rely upon traditional policing to target impaired drivers instead of...

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St. Patrick’s Day OVI Checkpoints in Montgomery County

There will be two OVI checkpoints in Montgomery County on St. Patrick's Day. The first will be from 7 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m. at 10501 Success Ln. near Austin Pike. The second is from approximately 9:30 p.m. until midnight at 790 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Both of these locations are in Washington Township. In addition to the OVI checkpoints, there will be an all-out police effort to detect and deter drunk drivers. Multiple jurisdictions are conducting saturation patrols through the weekend and placing extra officers on duty. If you need help regarding an OVI offense, please call Charles Rowland - Dayton DUI at...

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St. Patrick’s Day OVI Checkpoints Are Coming – Be Prepared

This is a reminder to sign up for the free DaytonDUI text alerts prior to the St. Patrick's Day OVI checkpoint onslaught.  Just text DaytonDUI (one word) to 313131 and you're all good. We have improved the service so that it remains useful and free.  We are in the process of re-re-re-inventing the DaytonDUI app agains, so stay on the lookout.  If you need the help of an attorney 24-7 please call Charlie at DaytonDUI at (937) 776-2671. During the day call (937) 318-1384 to schedule a free consultation. ...

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Less OVI Checkpoints, More OVI Arrests

Did you notice there were less OVI checkpoints this year? Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers made the decision to change from an OVI checkpoint strategy, to a more concentrated OVI patrol strategy.  So, how many OVI arrests did the Ohio State Highway Patrol make over night Dec. 31 into Jan. 1 in our area?  Numbers from a 12-county area, including Montgomery and Miami counties, shows 19 OVI offenses. Those numbers include: 7 from the Dayton post that covers Montgomery and Preble counties; 2 from the Springfield post for Clark and Champaign counties; 3 from the Xenia post in Greene County; 6 from the Piqua...

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Beavercreek OVI Checkpoint Perfectly Challenged!

There were some visitors at last night's Beavercreek OVI checkpoint.  If you were driving near Wright State University last night, the Ohio State Highway Patrol in conjunction with many other law enforcement agencies were randomly stopping cars and searching Americans without probable cause.  This unwarranted show of force was sanctioned by the fact that the officers were deterring drunk drivers.  Many of us have been fighting OVI checkpoints for years, but recently a new phenomenon has taken place. Some very brave, very committed and very American people have been showing up at these checkpoints holding signs and telling people of the government...

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OVI Checkpoint in Tipp City (July 17, 2015)

There will be an OVI checkpoint in Tipp City tonight. The checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday night on State Route 571. We have also learned that the West Union Police Department, announced an OVI checkpoint from 9 p.m. to midnight tonight on state Route 41 at Rice Drive in the Village of West Union, Adams County. The Butler County OVI Task Force is holding a checkpoint in West Chester from 9 p.m. today until 1 a.m. Saturday on Ohio 747 at Peter Place. If you need an attorney to help you following a traffic stop, please contact...

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OVI Checkpoints Miss The Point Says ABI

The American Beverage Institute is an industry-sponsored advocacy group that has stood up to Mother Against Drunk Drivers and their campaing for government funded OVI checkpoints. The beverage group says that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) should back off from the roadblocks and instead support roving patrols to catch heavy drinkers. "By promoting sobriety checkpoints, MADD and NHTSA are ignoring the root cause of today's drunk driving problem - hard core alcohol abusers,'' ABI managing director Sarah Longwell said in a statement."Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks...

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Middletown OVI Checkpoint Tonight!

There will be a Middletown OVI checkpoint tonight at Ohio 4 near Lafayette. The checkpoint will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m.  There will be additional saturation patrols in the area. If you are stopped at the OVI checkpoint you should give us a call at (937) 776-2671.  We also encourage you to visit www.MiddletownDUI.com.  If you would like more information about me, please click on the "about me" tab above.  We offer free consultations and work with your regarding payments. You can also sign up for free OVI checkpoint alerts at this site, or "like" Dayton DUI on...

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