Members of the Mahoning County OVI Task Force conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Dec. 2 in Austintown. The operation was conducted from 10:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. and consisted of 14 police officers from participating agencies of the OVI Task Force, as well as troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
A total of 891 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. There were 38 vehicles that were directed into the diversion area for further investigation. There were also two officers and three troopers who conducted saturation patrols in support of the checkpoint. This saturation patrol resulted in 43 traffic stops.
Enforcement activity associated with the checkpoint was as follows: five operating a Vehicle while impaired arrests (age 21 and over), two driving under suspension arrests, two summonses for drug paraphernalia, one summons for underage alcohol consumption, one summons for possession of marijuana, one citation for a marked lanes violation, one citation for driving without headlights, and one citation for a red light violation.
The Mahoning County OVI Task Force is funded by a federal grant, which is administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The Task Force will continue to conduct coordinated saturation patrol blitzes, as well as sobriety checkpoints. The recent operation was supported by the Ohio Department of Transportation.