DUI checkpoints: An annoyance or life saver?


CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) — It was around 7:30 p.m. Saturday as Youngstown police pulled over this guy.

He could barely keep his balance and failed several tests to prove he wasn’t driving drunk.

Moments later, police arrested him.

Just a few feet away on Wilson Avenue in Campbell, officers were doing checkpoints to get drivers like this one off the road.

“It’s a problem not only here in Mahoning County, the state of Ohio, but across the country,” said Ohio State Highway Patrolman Nakia Hendrix.

This year three people have died in Mahoning County from car accidents involving impaired driving.

Ohio State Highway Patrol says the number of drunk driving arrests rise during the summer months.

“We want people to make smart decisions. We don’t want them to get behind the wheel impaired and we just want to remind people of the dangers of impaired driving,” said Hendrix.

While Trooper Hendrix says these checkpoints are effective, some drivers approaching the checkpoint didn’t think so.

“If somebody were to drive drunk or something like that, they are going to get caught regardless. I’m an innocent driver. I don’t even drink. It’s too early for this. I’m trying to get to a game,” said .Chris Johnson of Campbell.

Other drivers like Tim Matzye understand officers have a job to do.

“I don’t have anything to hide. I saw several cars turn around,” Matzye said.

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