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Happy Friday, Northeast Ohio.

We wanted to share a quick update with you. As we mentioned in our checkpoint blog yesterday, there are checkpoints in Elyria, Akron (tentatively) and Cleveland this weekend. We finally got the details on Cleveland’s checkpoint. It will be at Broadway and Fleet Avenues between 9p and 1a tonight.

As always, drinking and driving is a terrible idea. These checkpoints are meant to stop impaired drivers and make our roads safer. If you’re going out tonight, designate a driver.

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Life is good in Northeast Ohio.

High temperatures will be in the 60s this weekend, the Indians are rolling and the Browns just got a bunch of extra draft picks.

But the warmer weather also means that there will be more drinking and driving. And that means checkpoints. While we wish everyone would designate a driver before they went out on the town, that’s not always the case.

As such, the police have a few checkpoints scheduled for this weekend.

First, Akron previously told us they had one scheduled for Friday, but we don’t have all the details. We will try to contact them again Friday morning.

We also received information that the city of Cleveland will have one on Friday night. The time and location has not yet been released.

Elyria is set to have at Lake Avenue and West on Saturday from 10p-2a.

We called our usual list this week and didn’t find any other checkpoints. If we hear anything else, we will keep you informed.

As always, if you need the help of an OVI/DUI attorney, please contact us.

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It looks like we have one last weekend without checkpoints before the full swing of the checkpoint season begins. We called all of our usual places this week (see the list below) and heard no across the board for checkpoints this Friday and Saturday.

Reminder, there are already future ones scheduled across the area. As we previously reported, Akron/Summit County will have one April 29th, Elyria is scheduled to have one April 30 and Euclid has one on May 27. All of those dates were given to us as tentative.

Stay safe and enjoy the slightly warmer, less rainy weather this weekend. Let us know if we can offer you any legal help.

Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Broadview Heights – NO
Canton – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – NO
Chesterland – NO
Cuyahoga Falls – NO
Garfield Heights – NO
Euclid – NO
Kent – NO
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol
Independence – NO
Medina – NO
Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
North Ridgeville – NO
Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Portage County Sheriff’s Department – NO
Rocky River – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Seven Hills – NO
Seville – NO
Streetsboro – NO
Stark County Sheriff’s Department – NO
Strongsville – NO
South Euclid – NO
University Heights – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Warren – NO
Westlake – NO
Willoughby – NO
Youngstown – NO

As we shared with you yesterday, there is a driver’s license checkpoint in Cleveland tonight. It will be from 9 pm to 1 am on Lorain Avenue between W. 75th and W. 85th. As always, if you’re not a licensed driver, you shouldn’t be on the streets.

Here is the information from that press release:

Today Michael McGrath, Chief of the Cleveland Division of Police and Keith Sulzer, Commander of the Second District, announced that officers will operate a driver’s license checkpoint to deter and intercept unlicensed and restricted licensed drivers. Second District officers will conduct the driver’s license checkpoint between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on Lorain Avenue between W.75th and W.85th.

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The city of Cleveland announced this afternoon that it will have a driver’s license checkpoint in the Second District tomorrow (April 21). The rest of the details (time, location) were not available at the time of the release, but should be out tomorrow morning.

As always, if you are not a licensed driver, you shouldn’t be driving. Cops throughout Northeast Ohio are on the lookout, so be safe and be smart.

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With spring and summer around the corner (hopefully), people will be bringing out there motorcycles to cruise the streets, go for runs and go to biker nights at local bars. Law enforcement recognizes that with the change of weather more people will be out on their bikes. In response to the potential of impaired drivers on motorcycles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed research identifying driving impairment cues for motorcycles.

NHTSA has developed two sets of cues that help officers gauge the probability of intoxication for motorcycle drivers. There are two set of cues: Excellent cues (50 percent or greater probability) and good cues (30 to 50 percent probability). We have put together the two sets of cues below so you can understand what it is officers look for.

Excellent Cues

• Drifting during turn or curve
• Trouble with dismount
• Trouble with balance at a stop
• Turning problems (e.g., unsteady, sudden corrections, late braking)
• Inattentive to surroundings
• Inappropriate or unusual behavior (e.g., carrying or dropping object, urinating at roadside, disorderly conduct, etc.)
• Weaving

Good Cues

• Erratic movements while going straight
• Operating without lights at night
• Recklessness
• Following too closely
• Running stop light or sign
• Evasion
• Wrong way

Safe driving demands the ability to divide attention among various tasks, such as steering and operating a turn signal or remaining stopped at a green light. Officers look for motorcyclists who have impaired divided attention, meaning the driver lacks the ability to concentrate on two or more things at the same time. Officers will use these cues as well as cues that are observed after the command to stop is given (attempt to flee, no response, slow response, an abrupt swerve, sudden stop).

As always, the Ohio OVI Blog is here to share information on the OVI/DUI laws in the state of Ohio. We hope you use this information to practice safe driving. Should you find yourself in need of an OVI lawyer, feel free to contact us.

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Beginning today, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will once again conduct a Cuyahoga County Metro Initiative enforcement that aim to reduce crash and decrease criminal activity, according to a release last Friday.

During this campaign you will see a higher number of officers on the streets in Cuyahoga County

This means that troopers will focus on crash causing violations (Such as OVI/DUI), criminal patrol and drug intervention efforts. According to the release, this initiative will work with the following agencies: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid Police Department, Bratenahl Police Department, Rocky River Police Department, Westlake Police Department, Lakewood Heights Police Department, Beachwood Police Department, Bedford Police Department, Bedford Heights Police Department, Pepper Pike Police Department, Warrensville Heights Police Department, Oakwood Village Police Department, Orange Village Police Department, Lyndhurst Police Department, Mayfield Heights Police Department, Mayfield Village Police Department and Highland Heights Police Department.

Not that there’s ever a reason to drink and drive – there absolutely isn’t! – but hopefully knowledge about the additional enforcement in the area will make you designate a driver the next time you’re out and about.

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Happy Thursday to you, Northeast Ohio. Thanks for taking time out of your day to check out our checkpoint list for the weekend of April 15-17.

Let’s get right down to business. It looks like a quiet time for checkpoints, as we didn’t hear about any scheduled for this Friday or Saturday. There are a few areas we haven’t heard back from yet, but below are the places we called that said no for this week.

As we mentioned last week, Euclid, Elyria and Akron/Summit County will be having them later this month and in May, so be sure to come back to the Ohio OVI Blog for details.

Have a great weekend. Remember, you can contact us if you need help with an OVI case in Ohio.

Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO
Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Broadview Heights – NO

Canton – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – NO
Chesterland – NO
Garfield Heights – NO

Euclid – NO
Kent – NO
Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol
Independence – NO
Medina – NO
Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
North Ridgeville – NO
Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Portage County Sheriff’s Department – NO
Rocky River – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Seven Hills – NO
Seville – NO
Streetsboro – NO

Stark County Sheriffs Department – NO
Strongsville – NO
Stow – No
South Euclid – No
University Heights – NO
Wadsworth – NO
Warren – NO
Westlake – NO

Willoughby – NO
Youngstown – NO

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Good day to you, Northeast Ohio. The Ohio OVI Blog is back with another list of checkpoints for the weekend of April 8-10.

Before we get down to business: Have you read our post about the SCRAMx alcohol monitoring? We had a test subject wear an ankle monitoring bracelet for the Indians home opener to see what the bracelet would say. The result was pretty interesting.

OK, back to the usual stuff. We found out about one confirmed checkpoint this week. Here are the details: Maple Heights will have one Friday from 8-12 pm at Henry and Libby, by the Great Western Juice.

During our research this week we also found out about a number of future checkpoints. Here’s the details on those.

Akron/Summit County does not have one this week, but has one tentatively scheduled for April 29th. We’ll update you when we know more.

Elyria does not have one this week, but has one scheduled for April 30 from 10pm to 2am. More details on that when we get them.

Euclid does not have one this week but has one tentatively scheduled for May 27.

Below is the list of other areas we called this week who told us they do not have a checkpoint scheduled as of today. Have a great weekend.

Beachwood – NO
Bedford – NO
Berea – NO

Brecksville – NO
Brooklyn – NO
Brooklyn Heights – NO
Broadview Heights – NO
Cleveland Heights – NO
Cleveland – NO
Chesterland – NO

Garfield Heights – NO
Kent – NO

Lakewood / Ohio Highway Patrol – There was no release this week regarding Cuyahoga County OVI checkpoints run by The Ohio Highway Patrol
Independence – NO
Medina – NO

Mentor – NO
Middleburg – NO
North Royalton – NO
North Ridgeville – NO

Olmsted Falls – NO
Olmsted Township – NO
Parma – NO
Parma Heights – NO
Portage County Sheriff’s Department – NO

Rocky River – NO
Shaker Heights – NO
Seven Hills – NO
Seville – NO

Streetsboro – NO
Strongsville – NO
South Euclid – NO

University Heights – NO
Wadsworth – NO

Warren – NO
Westlake – NO

Our subject and his SCRAMx monitor

Here at the Ohio OVI Blog we strive to get out all of the information possible about OVI laws in Ohio so that people can realize the danger in drinking and driving and practice control. As such, we’ve been working with Alternative Horizon Counseling to find out more about alcohol monitoring programs. Because they like us, they allowed us to have a test subject wear a SCRAMx ankle bracelet during the Cleveland Indians home opener last week (See our previous post about what a SCRAMx is). It didn’t take us a long to hook up with a test subject who was willing to have us monitor his drinking for the special occasion. The hard part was getting him to take appropriate notes of the day.

Below is his journal from that day. We’d like to thank him for taking the time to share this experiment with us. As always, we never encourage drinking or overindulgence at the Ohio OVI Blog. We feel safe in saying that this individual was going to have a few drinks for the Indians home opener anyway, we just jumped on for the ride. Our test subject was a volunteer and was not paid (although he shook us down for a free lunch this week).

March 31 – The bracelet is installed

The bracelet was installed at 4:50 pm. After being installed I had to wait 30 minutes before I could have a drink. I was told this is done to set up a baseline reading. After 30 minutes, I had two bourbons and diets and some dinner. After dinner I hopped a ride to Around The Corner in Lakewood. I stayed at this bar with friends for a few hours; I had a jack and diet, a shot of Patron, an orange bomb and a gummy bear shot and an Amstel Light (I party). The hour was getting late, and it was at this time I realized I had an experiment to run for Ohio OVI Blog tomorrow and decided that was my limit and hopped a taxi ride home. My BAC when I left Around The Corner was .22, almost three times the legal limit (which is .08).

A few side notes about the SCRAMx bracelet: It vibrates once every 15-30 minutes and is a little bulky around the ankle. This vibration and bulkiness affected my sleep, which made me a little grumpy.

April 1 – The Indians home opener

I don’t know what to say except that the thoughts herein might get a little foggy. I headed downtown around 9:30 am and started with breakfast, a couple of beers and an orange bomb (my preferred breakfast shot). I jumped around to four different bars to meet some friends before heading toward my seat at 12:40. I had another beer and four more shots before heading to the stadium. Once in my seats, I slowed my pace a little and had three beers during the game and also ate a hamburger. I have to say that I considered having a few more after the Tribe went down by double-digit runs.

At this point I have to admit that I was not in the stadium for the Indians’ late run at the White Sox. When I left they still had a goose egg on the board, although I’m not sure what time it was exactly. Herein we’ll have to rely on the SCRAMx, as I lost track of things after I left the stadium. I visited two more bars downtown and then cut myself off a little before 10. Don’t worry, I ate all three meals during day, adding a Panini to my late night diet.

After a long day of drinking and baseball, I hopped a taxi back to my place in Lakewood around 10:30. I had the bracelet removed at 11:30 and fell asleep sitting up in my recliner. It was not my finest moment.

In trying to total up the drinks, I had at least eight beers, three cocktails and can account for no fewer than 14 shots. I suspect I had more than that, but can’t be 100 percent sure.

April 2 – The aftermath

On top of a hangover, I feel a little weird today. I sort of miss the vibration of the bracelet on my ankle. We bonded over time and I feel like I’m missing a part of my leg.

In the end, the results say that my drinking was a bit excessive. My high point, according to the SCRAMx was a blood alcohol level of .349 (almost four and a half times the legal limit) at 8:29 pm. I am 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, so I’m not exactly a small guy, which means that I probably had more than 14 shots. Based on the BAC calculator.

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts, Ohio OVI Blog. We should do this again sometime soon. (See this attached PDF to view the hour by hour breakdown of the alcohol in my system: OVI Blog – test)

The Ohio OVI Blog would like to thank our test subject and our good friends at Alternative Horizon Counseling for allowing us to experiment with the SCRAMx. The purpose of this bracelet is detect the presence of one drink, if you are assigned this bracelet you are not permitted to have any alcohol as the terms of your probation. Below is a little information about the SCRAMx works.

Technology

The SCRAM System uses an electrochemical fuel cell to detect alcohol. The fuel cell is the same one used in Drager’s Alco-test Breath Devices. At a predetermined interval, a pump in the bracelet pulls a controlled sample to the alcohol sensor for analysis. The amount of reaction of the fuel cell is interpreted and a Trans-dermal Alcohol Concentration (TAC) is calculated. This calculation is an estimation of the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).

Tamper Technology is contained within the bracelet and is used to detect several different types of tampers; obstructions, removals, cut straps and damage. The technology used to detect removals and obstruction material is the Infrared (IR) sensor. Combination of the IR sensor, temperature sensor and the fuel cell voltage can be used to confirm obstructions and removals.

The IR sensor is used to make certain the bracelet is on the client and to detect materials being placed between the bracelet and the leg, potentially blocking the faceplate. The IR sensor, which is contained in the SCRAM bracelet, provides an IR beam between the bracelet and the leg of the client; the reflection of this beam is then measured in volts.

The temperature sensor monitors the bracelet temperature to detect possible tampers and removals. The temperature sensor is located in the bracelet, this impacted by the body’s warming effect and the environmental temperature.

Data Interpretation

The Trans-dermal Alcohol Concentration (TAC) readings are the black line and are represented on the scale to the left of the graph. The Infrared (IR) readings are identified on the light blue line and the temperature readings are displayed on the red line and represented by the scale on the right of the graph.

Confirmed Consumption

Alcohol detections confirmed as consumption identify the Blood Alcohol Curve and include both the presence of absorption to the peak with an absorption rate less than 0.05 percent per hour, and the presence of elimination with an elimination rate less than 0.025 percent per hour if the peak was less than 0.150 percent or less than 0.035 percent per hour if the peak is 0.150 percent or above.