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As we mentioned in our first checkpoint post this week, we have expanded the Ohio OVI Blog into Columbus with our partners at Hastie Law Offices. We’re excited about the partnership, and happy to bring you information about checkpoints in and near the city for this holiday weekend.

So let’s get down to business. Here is the information we have as of 4 pm Thursday afternoon.

Columbus – Is scheduled to have a checkpoint from 9 pm to 3 am on Saturday. It will be on Refugee Road, west of Hamilton Road. This is a busy spot on the east side of the city. Columbus PD has also promised increased patrols throughout the city over the holiday weekend.

Clark County – Will have a one in the city of Enon on Friday night starting at 10 pm. It will be downtown on Dayton Road, just off I-70 West between Dayton and Springfield.

Fairfield County – There were no checkpoints scheduled for the weekend as of today, but we will check back.

Licking County – There are no checkpoints scheduled currently. We will let you know if that changes.

Montgomery County – We are waiting to hear back from the Sheriff’s office, but most likely there will be one set for Dayton.

That’s all for now. Drive safely this weekend. If you’re going to go out and celebrate America with a few drinks, designate a driver!

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The buzz around the palatial offices of the Ohio OVI Blog can barely be contained: It’s our first birthday.

That’s right; we’ve officially been around for one year. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t get us anything, we have a gift that keeps on giving: A new partner.
As we mentioned in our checkpoint post earlier today, Hastie Law Offices, LLC will be helping us expand the Ohio OVI Blog to Columbus starting immediately. We like the team from Hastie, you should check out their site when you get a chance.

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Good afternoon, Ohio. After a week away from all of you, it feels good to be back. With the holiday this weekend we anticipate this to be the first of many checkpoint posts.

But before we get into the checkpoints, let us apologize for not posting last week. We were having some technical difficulties as we beef up the site. We’ve updated our backend a little and you will be seeing some other improvements over the next month or so.
One improvement you’ll see right away: Our Columbus partner, Hastie Law Offices, LLC is officially geared up and ready to start sharing the blogosphere with us.

Hastie is located in Columbus and their practice areas include: Liquor law, small business and DUI/OVI and traffic law. They’re good people. Visit their site and let them know if they can help you.

Our friends over at Hastie will be contributing information about their practice and checkpoints in the Columbus area starting immediately. We’re all pretty excited, but let’s get down to business.

It’s only Thursday afternoon, but already the information about the holiday weekend is rolling in. Here’s what we have so far.

There will be a checkpoint in Cleveland tonight. It will be at East 67 and Harvard from 9 pm to 1 am. They will also have a checkpoint on Saturday night, we’ll share those details with you once we get them.

Euclid will be having a checkpoint tomorrow night, but we don’t have the details. As soon as we have them, you’ll have them.

Olmsted Falls will be having a checkpoing on July 2 (Saturday) on Bagley Road and Columbia from 11pm to 3 am.

Medina has reported that it will have saturation points all over throughout the weekend to stop intoxicated drivers.

The Stark County Sherriff’s Department isn’t planning a specific checkpoint, but they will be doing roving checkpoints throughout the weekend.

Speaking of Stark County, Canton will be doing a “Traffic Blitz” for the whole weekend. This means they will have a active police force out looking for intoxicated drivers.

UPDATE: Warren will be having one in Warren City from 9 pm to 1 am tonight on State 45. They will also be doing saturation patrols all weekend.

UPDATE: SUMMIT COUNTY will be having a checkpoint in Coventry Township around Portage Lakes from 10 pm to 2 am.

Columbus hasn’t announced any checkpoints just yet, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol did issue a press release this morning about its increased effort to catch impaired drivers over the weekend. We anticipate more news on that shortly.

The moral of this whole post? Don’t drink and drive this weekend. Let’s all stay safe, for America’s sake!

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As many have probably heard by now, ‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn was killed recently in an accident in Pennsylvania. Dunn, born in Ohio, was driving his Porsche late Sunday night/early Monday morning with a passenger. The details from there are thin. He may or may not have been drinking (Gossip site TMZ shows twitpics of him with a beer and reports from the bar had him taking three shots and downing three beers). The police say that speed may have been a factor.

Whatever the full story is, Dunn and his passenger died in the crash, which is tragic.

This tragedy has also set off a social media storm. Famed critic Robert Ebert, along with commenters across the web, have damned Dunn for driving while intoxicated. True or not, for those closest to Dunn it seems pretty cold. Salon did a well-written piece on the drama in the situation. Read the whole story here.

We’ll keep our eyes out for more details in this crash, but for now I think we can all agree that it’s sad two young men are gone.

Hello Ohio.

Read that again. Our tens of regular readers out there may note that we usually address Northeast Ohio in our blog. Well, that time is over. Given the overwhelming feedback from people in central Ohio – notably the beautiful city known as Columbus – we are expanding our weekly checkpoint list. Beginning next week, we will start calling cities in and around Columbus and reporting the publicly known checkpoints.

So, if you’re in Columbus, it’s time to start following us on Twitter (@OhioOVINetwork) and liking us on Facebook. We’ll share with you just the right amount of news and information about OVI laws, checkpoints and our great state in general.

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Good afternoon Northeast Ohio. It’s time once again for us to talk about road safety this summer. Later today we’ll be posting some information about a checkpoint in Akron last weekend. For now, let’s say this: the police caught a lot of intoxicated drivers.

So we’ll remind you once again, please keep our streets safe by designating a driver when you drink. We all want to make it home safely. We practice the law in the state of Ohio and realize that these checkpoints are serious business. Besides the safety risks of driving drunk, there is a very real risk of losing your license. It’s just not worth the risk.

OK, we’re off our soapbox. Let’s get down to business. We know of two checkpoints so far this weekend. Both will be tomorrow night. One is in Akron and the other is in Parma.

Akron – There will be a checkpoint on South Arlington Road between 10 pm and 2 am tomorrow night.

Parma – The exact location won’t be known until tomorrow, but the checkpoint will be between 10 pm and 2 am somewhere on either Ridge or State Road. We’ll update this when we get the full information.

Additionally, we have been told that there will be a checkpoint in North Royalton on June 24. We’ll have details about that next week.

Stay safe, NEO. Should you need some legal help in an OVI/DUI case, we are here to help you. We want to make sure the law on OVI keeps people safe, but we also want to be sure it is enforced fairly.

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There will be a checkpoint in Coventry Township tonight. We were unable to get the full details, but in general these run from 8 or 9 pm until 1 or 2 in the morning. As always, we recommend that you designate a driver now if you want to drink tonight. Keep our roads safe!

A judge ruling last week stated that Ohio officials cannot prove that a portable breath tester intended to be a statewide standard for the detection of drunken drivers is producing accurate and reliable results. Judge Gary Dumm of Circleville Municipal Court (Columbus area) ruled that test results from the cleverly named Intoxilyzer 800 will not be admitted in his court until the state can present proof that it is technologically sound.

Here’s more, from a Columbus Dispatch story:

Dumm ruled that the state health official in charge of the new testing program could not adequately explain how the machine works during testimony at an April 11 hearing. The Ohio Department of Health is gradually rolling out the $8,000 breath testers to police agencies across the state.

Defense attorneys have been challenging results produced by the portable machine, saying they are skewed by heat and humidity in the field, and misidentify other substances in the air as alcohol.

Read the full Dispatch article here.

We’ll keep on this story as best we can to see what happens with this portable breath test. As always, we’re interested in the entire scope of DUI/OVI law in Ohio. While we don’t want people to drink and drive, we do want the rules in the system to be fair. Need help with an OVI case? Contact us.

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Spring has truly sprung in Northeast Ohio. After weeks of rain, rain, rain and rain, the sunshine is upon us and the weather is made for grilling and golf.

Unfortunately, the warmer weather means there will be drinking and driving. As such, the checkpoints throughout the area are turned up a notch this week.

Here’s what we know so far. There will for sure be three checkpoints tonight: Euclid, South Euclid and East Cleveland.

East Cleveland – There will be one from 9 pm through 2 am today, although we don’t have details on a location.

Euclid – There will be a checkpoint on Marginal between 200-222nd street from 10 pm to 2 am.

South Euclid – Police here will have one on Green Road near Monticello or Mayfield by Belvor from 10:30 pm t0 2:30 am.

In the coming weeks we already know of more scheduled checkpoints. While Summit County has none that we heard of this week, there will be on June 10 in Coventry Township and one on June 17 in Akron. We’ll share the details when we know more.
We have also heard about one in North Royalton on June 24.

One last note for you this week: There was a checkpoint in Lakewood yesterday evening that we failed to post until after it started because of a miscommunication with our sources. We try to avoid that, but admit that despite our good looks and popular Facebook page we are not perfect. We will work to avoid mistakes like this whenever possible.

Have a great weekend. Remember to drive safely and to designate a driver if you’re going to drink.

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