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Ohio Highway Patrol Explains How They Set Up DUI Checkpoints



The Ohio Highway Patrol does not want you to be surprised by their DUI checkpoints; therefore, they have outlined their procedures for these checkpoints on their website. Enforcement of the DUI laws alone is deemed not sufficient to deter people from drinking and driving. Only a small percentage of people who are suspected of DUI and pulled over are affected by enforcement. To deter larger segments of the public from drinking and driving, the Ohio Highway Patrol operates DUI checkpoints whose locations are well advertised.

DUI Checkpoints Set Up Near Locations With History of Impaired Driving

DUI checkpoints are set up only at locations that have a lengthy history of impaired driving. Only these locations provide the need for "extraordinary" deterrence efforts required by law. One week before the checkpoint is set up, the public is advised of the date, location, and time of when the checkpoint will be in operation. A final advisory will be given to the public a few hours before the checkpoint goes into operation. This notice gives the exact location of the checkpoint and provides the exact time when its operations will begin and end.

Officers operating the checkpoint are then briefed on exactly what their objectives and duties are. The safety of the motoring public is paramount; therefore, large highly reflectorized signs warning of the checkpoint are set up well in advance of it. Fully marked police vehicles are also located at these points. The Ohio Highway Patrol's website states, "It is at this point where motorists who choose not to enter the checkpoint may turn around." A second "Checkpoint Ahead" sign denotes the actual beginning of the boundary of the checkpoint itself, complete with cones and other traffic devices.

Checkpoint Supervisor Determines How Cars Will Be Checked

The checkpoint supervisor determines how cars will be checked. The law requires that the checks be completely random, so the supervisor will decide every third or fourth car will be checked, depending of traffic conditions. Surprisingly police admit that few arrests are made at these checkpoints. That is not their purpose. Their purpose, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol, is to provide a "safe and effective deterrent to impaired driving and the ideal complement to our state's OVI enforcement efforts.  To find out more information go to the Ohio Highway Patrol's website.