9 cited or summoned in Youngstown, Austintown sobriety checkpoints

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Police cited or summoned nine drivers in connection with two separate sobriety checkpoints Saturday night into Sunday morning, according to a press release.

The Mahoning County OVI Task Force, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, saw 178 vehicles pass through a checkpoint at 4545 New Road in Austintown from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Two officers also conducted saturation patrol in support of the checkpoint, and conducted 10 traffic stops. Police summoned one driver for driving under a suspension and one citation for a traffic control device.

Police saw 251 vehicles at another checkpoint, held simultaneously on Glenwood Avenue near Lake Drive in Youngstown. Two officers also conducted saturation patrol in support of the checkpoint, and conducted 17 traffic stops.  In connection with the Youngstown checkpoint, police gave five summons for driving under suspension, one summons for drug abuse and one citation for speed.

The Mahoning County OVI Task Force is funded by a federal grant, which is administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety – Ohio Traffic Safety Office.  The Task Force will continue to conduct coordinated saturation patrol blitzes, corridor enforcement blitzes, and sobriety checkpoints.

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