Xenia OVI Checkpoint Tonight (August 18th)
Xenia OVI Checkpoint
The Xenia OVI Checkpoint will take place on Main St. between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight. Police officers conduct saturation patrols in and around the Xenia OVI checkpoint.
Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over
There are a number of OVI checkpoints throughout Ohio tonight. The annual campaign started this week. The campaign runs through Labor Day. Local law enforcement will be conducting extra patrols and coordinating OVI checkpoints in an effort to raise awareness about drunk driving.
How Are These Checkpoints Legal?
OVI checkpoints pose a problematic application of the Fourth Amendment. Stopping the driver of a car is a seizure. The suspect must pull over and can’t leave again until the officer concludes an investigation. Since the law enforcement officers at a OVI checkpoint stop every single driver without any individualized suspicion, it would appear at first glance that the officers would not have sufficient probable cause to conduct the seizure of the drivers. However, courts have consistently ruled in favor of the checkpoints under the guise of creating a deterrent to drunk driving.
The United States Supreme Court
The Supreme Court considers the seizure at an OVI checkpoint to be minimally intrusive. However, the Supreme Court has decided that a balancing test is more appropriate for determining the reasonableness of a search than the probable cause standard. In the case concerning OVI checkpoints mentioned in the introduction to this article, Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz, a majority of the Supreme Court Justices determined that the needs of the state to prevent drunk-driving accidents outweighed the minimal intrusion on sober drivers who just happen to get caught up in the OVI dragnet. Thus, the Justices determined OVI checkpoints did not constitute an unreasonable search and seizure.
Where To Get Help
We want you to know about the Xenia OVI checkpoint because it will help prevent a drunk driving arrest. If you plan ahead, you are far less likely to find yourself drinking and driving. We provide a free text service to warn you of these police events. Just text DaytonDUI (one word) to 313131 and you will receive information about OVI checkpoints in and around the Miami Valley.