How to Avoid a Stop at DUI Checkpoints
Nearly 300 people died in Ohio last year as a direct result of drunk driving, and there were over 12,000 alcohol-involved crashes. So it is no wonder that Ohio aggressively enforces its drunk driving – or OVI/DUI (operating a vehicle while impaired or driving under the influence) laws.
How can you avoid becoming an enforcement statistic? The first foolproof way is to not drink and drive. Ever. Failing that, there is really no reason to be caught in a checkpoint because they are announced and publicized ahead of being set up.
The purpose of the checkpoint is to act as a deterrent to prevent people from drinking and driving, and checkpoints are effective in keeping drinking drivers off the road. Checkpoints will be set up in areas that have a long-time history of alcohol related incidents – crashes, arrests, deaths, and general impaired driving incidents. About a week before the checkpoint is set up, a public notice is issued that gives the exact location, date, and time of operation for the checkpoint.
A few hours before the checkpoint is set up, the officer in charge of the operation will conduct a briefing to review the general judicial guidelines and operational focus of the checkpoint. The first, most important concern in setting up the checkpoint is the safety of the public and the officers operating the checkpoint.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol:
During the screening process, suspected drunk drivers are given the new field sobriety tests developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These tests include a structured walk and turn, a one legged stand, and one of the most reliable indicators of alcoholic influence ever developed, alcohol gaze nystagmus examinations. As a final screen, some agencies use portable breath testers to better gauge the magnitude of the alcohol impairment. Drivers who are found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs are detained and required to go through the normal arrest processes. Those whose driving abilities are not impaired to the degree specified by Ohio law are allowed to continue on their way.
You can get a “heads-up” on where the checkpoints are planned by checking out these resources on the web: Columbus Checkpoints on Facebook; DUIblock.com
Checkpoints are likely to be more widespread at night and on weekends, and during specific holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, prom, and graduation.
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