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Onyango Obama is uncle to a man you may have heard of – President of the United States of America Barack Obama. But even a strong family tree couldn’t help him when he was pulled over near Boston and blew a point .14 (the legal limit in Massachusetts, like Ohio, is .08).

That’s not to say that the less famous Mr. Obama didn’t try to play up his name. This story in the Huffington Post quotes an AP story that quotes Obama as saying he would ‘Call the Whitehouse’ with his one phone call.

Nonetheless, he’s in hot water with the locals and with U.S. Immigration (he’s originally from Kenya). Our recommendation if you get caught up in an OVI case? Call an experienced OVI attorney. (You know, like your friends at Taubman Law or Hastie Legal Offices in Ohio.) That call will get through to someone who can actually help.

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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 to you, Ohio. This is the first of what will likely be several posts this weekend about checkpoints for August 5-7.

In our Cleveland offices, we are getting geared up for Krusty’s Summer Sauce Camp, always a favorite.

In what is likely related news, the Cleveland Police have announced that they will have a checkpoint Saturday night. It will be at Lorain Avenue and West 32nd. It runs from 10 pm to 12 am.

News from our partners at Hastie Legal Offices shows a checkpoint Saturday in Weathersfield Township (near Youngstown). Weathersfield Police will work with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to operate a checkpoint on Route 46. This checkpoint will be in conjunction with a saturation patrol nearby to combat alcohol-related injuries and deaths.

In an update, we finally have information on the checkpoint in Ashtabula. It will be tonight in Rome Township, on Route 6, between 9 pm and 2 am.

Those are the confirmed checkpoints for now. We’ve heard some information about a checkpoint in Lucas County, but don’t have any more information at this time. We will stay on that and let you know when we hear more.

For now, we’ll leave you with the advice we always give: If you want to go out and drink, designate a driver now. If for some reason you do get in trouble with the law regarding OVI or DUI, contact Taubman Law (Northeast Ohio) or Hastie Legal Offices (Central Ohio) to make sure your rights are protected.

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Good Thursday to you, Ohio.

After a rocking three-day period on the site last weekend – we had more than 10,000 pageviews over the holiday! – we are back to get you started with information for this weekend.

As of right now, there is only one checkpoint scheduled this week in Northeast Ohio. Parma will be having one from 6 pm to 12 am on Saturday on Pearl Road.

We will continue to call police stations in the area for more details. Our good friends in Columbus are also actively reaching out to their police stations to put together a checkpoint list for central Ohio.

That’s all for today.

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Happy Friday, Ohio. We wanted to give you an update to our checkpoint lists from yesterday with some details.

First, the Euclid checkpoint for tonight will be somewhere between 200-222nd street, which is around the area where it was last weekend. They caught several intoxicated drivers in that one, so remember to designate a driver if you’re heading out this weekend. This checkpoint will be 11 pm to 3 am.

Second, Summit County will have a checkpoint in Coventry Township by Portage Lake tonight from 10 pm through 2 am.

Yesterday we did more detailed posts on checkpoints throughout Ohio.

Here is our full post from yesterday about Northeast Ohio.

Here is our full post from yesterday about the Columbus area.

Please celebrate America in a safe way this weekend. Aside from the checkpoints there will be saturation points all over Ohio as police look for intoxicated drivers. If you want to have a few drinks, please take a cab or designate a driver.

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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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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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Good Thursday to you, Northeast Ohio. As we mentioned yesterday, there is a checkpoint in Cleveland tonight in the First District. The details are as follows: It will be at West 117th and Madison Avenue. The checkpoint will commence at 9 pm and end at 1 am.

UPDATE: Info just in on a checkpoint in Lakewood. It will be on Detroit from 9pm -1 am it is located by UDF and Merry Arts.

As always, this checkpoint is meant to both reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road and deter others from considering drinking and driving. If you’re going out tonight, designate a driver or call a cab. You won’t like the alternative.

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