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All right, it’s time to get green, Ohio.

As you may have heard, St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. The fact that it’s a holiday that celebrates green beer means that it also attracts cops. What’s more, this time around it’s on a Saturday. So the checkpoints this weekend are aplenty, as the kids say.

Let’s get down to business. First, Friday night.

We haven’t heard about much for Friday, but Columbus will have one on Olentangy River Road, just east of Grandview Heights. It will take place in the area just south of W. 3rd Avenue and run from 9 pm to 3 am.

We’ve also found out that Lima will have one Friday on State Route 309 in Allen County. It will run from 9 pm to 12 am. (To clarify for those sad people – like the author of this post – who watch “Glee,” this is in Lima, not the rough streets of Lima Heights.)

All the other information we have is for Saturday, March 17.

Cleveland will have one on Huron and W. 6th St. They did not give us a time, but it will be after the parade, most likely in the early evening.

Columbus will have one on Saturday in southwestern Columbus. We don’t have any other details yet.

Franklin County will have a checkpoint in the southwestern area of the county on Stringtown Road, west of Gantz Road in Grove City. It will run from 9 pm to 3 am.

Medina County did not report a checkpoint, but they are planning increased saturation patrols in Wadsworth.

North Royalton has one scheduled from 7 pm to 11 pm. It will be on Route 82.

Olmsted Falls has one scheduled for Bagley Road. It will run from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Springfield has announced that it will work with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to conduct a checkpoint Saturday night. They have also announced increased patrol units for Friday and Saturday night.

Summit County will have one in Akron on Portage Trail. We didn’t get an exact time, but expect it will run from 7 pm to 11 pm.

UPDATED: Portage County/Ravenna reported that The Ohio State Highway Patrol will run a checkpoint on State Route 43 tonight from 10 pm to 3 am.

That’s all we have for now. We’ll keep updating this post and others over the weekend.

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We know what you’re thinking, Tuesday is an early day to hear from your friends at the Ohio OVI Blog. It’s true; Tuesday is usually ping pong day at the Ohio OVI Blog offices, but we have news we thought you might be interested in.

First, Cleveland sent out a news release today with news about a driver’s license checkpoint in the second district tomorrow (Wednesday, October 26). We’d mentioned this previously, but it’s officially on the schedule now and they will send out a release with an exact location tomorrow.

We also received word from the Columbus area that the Franklin County DUI Task Force will be operating a sobriety checkpoint this weekend. We don’t have the full details on that one yet, but will alert you when we know more.

That’s all for today.

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The checkpoint we detailed in our post last week Franklin County ended up in two OVI arrests across more then 360 cars stopped. While we never like to see anyone driving under the influence, it looks like 99.5 percent of people made the safe decision Friday night.

What’s interesting is that this same stop produced three arrests for marijuana. Not sure what this means about trends across our fine state, but that certainly caught our attention.

That’s all for today. We’ll be back later this week with more news on checkpoints across the state of Ohio.

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The Franklin County DUI Task Force announced today that they would be operating a sobriety checkpoint this weekend.

The checkpoint will be tonight on Frank Road, just east of US 62 in Southwestern Columbus (Franklin Township). The checkpoint will run from 9pm to 3 am.

As always, we at the Ohio OVI Blog want everyone to drive safely. If you are headed out for a few drinks this weekend, please designate a driver.

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Summer is starting to wind down and football is upon us. This is a mixed blessing, of course, but we like football at the Ohio OVI Blog, so we’re feeling pretty good.

But the end of summer has police out in droves around the state. Already we have word of checkpoints throughout Ohio, and the details are below.

Since there are so many this week, we have broken the checkpoints down by day. We have called the usual areas and will update you if we hear more. We’re also still waiting to hear updates from our friends in Central Ohio.

As always, our recommendation is that you avoid drinking and driving at all cost. This will keep us all safe. Should you get charged with OVI in Ohio, however, we want to ensure your rights are defended. The law firms of Taubman Law (Northeast Ohio) and Hastie Law Offices (Central Ohio) have experience taking care of their clients.

Without further ado, here’s this week’s list.


Cleveland – There will be a driver’s license checkpoint Friday night in the Second District. It will be at West 33rd and Broadview between 8 pm and 1 am.

Euclid – Will have one Friday night from 10 pm to 2 am on State Route 283.

North Royalton – Will have on on State Route 82. It will run from 8 pm to 12 am.

South Euclid – Will have one from 9:30 pm to 2:30 am. It will be on South Belvoir Blvd from 9:30 pm to 2:30 am. Got some new info on South Euclid … checkpoint is starting on Green Rd. north of Monticello. 2nd stop is Belvoir in front of quarry south. Finally on Mayfield, eastbound, in front of McDonalds! They are moving it around all night.

Columbus: Will have one on Sawmill Rd. just north of I-270 from 9pm-3am. Columbus police will be doing a second one on Refugee Road, west of Hamilton Road. East side of Columbus. 9pm to 3 am.

Muskingham County: Will have one on US 22 south of mile post 7 in Newton Twp. 10p-2am.

Clark County: Will have one on US 40 (National Road) and US 68 in western Springfield, OH 10pm-2am.

Butler County: will have one in Fairfield, OH on Pleasant Avenue in downtown Fairfield from 10p-4a.

Logan County: will have one at Russell’s Point (on Indian Lake), on Route 235 north of Lakeview Rd. 10pm-3am.

Lorain County: We try to catch every checkpoint but sometimes we miss one or two. Some of our friends alerted us to checkpoint in ELYRIA at 9 p.m. to 2 a.m on State Route 57 near West River Road.


Akron – Will have one from 10 pm to 2 am on West Exchange Street.

Maple Heights – Will have one on Lee Road from 8 pm to 12 am.

Olmsted Falls – Will have one on Columbia at Bagley from 11 pm to 3 am

Washington Court House (Central Ohio): will have one at the intersection of Columbus Ave. and Olive St. Sat. 10-3.

Belmont County: They won’t release the details until tomorrow.

Portage County: Will have a checkpoint from 10 pm to 3 am. It will be in conjunction with the Brimfield Police on State Route 43.


Bedford – Will have one on Northfield, south of Rockside from 9 pm to 1 am.

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Good Thursday evening to you, Ohio.

We have details on two checkpoints on Friday. The first one is in Akron on Friday night. The checkpoint will be on West Market Street from 10 pm to 2 am.

The second check point, from information from our friends at Hastie Law, will be in Columbus on W. Broad ST. just west of I-70 interchange. 9pm-3am.

As of now, these are the only posts we’ve received word on in the Northeast and central Ohio area. We will obviously circle back if we hear anything else.

Until then, enjoy the lovely weather.

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