OVI Task Force announces weekend blitz for Mahoning Co.

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County OVI Task Force announced Friday that there will be an extra police presence on the roadways over the weekend.

According to a press release, there will be a patrol blitz sometime this weekend in Mahoning County. Police did not specify when or where the blitz would happen.

The blitz will include police officers from participating agencies of the Task Force, and will target a specific location in Mahoning County, the release stated.

“Coordinated saturation patrol blitzes allow us to patrol a specific area in Mahoning County, and concentrate our enforcement efforts there” said Asst. Chief Scott Weamer.  The safety of motorists on the roadways in Mahoning County is the first priority for the OVI Task Force.

Officers will enforce OVI and seat belt laws. Drivers are encouraged to use taxis, designated drivers and services such as DD For Hire if they plan on drinking.

Blitzes are different from OVI checkpoints. Police are legally required to name the location of checkpoints, in which they stop all vehicles that pass through a certain point of a road. Blitzes involve extra officers being on the road to look for traffic violations.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that police must announce the specific location of a sobriety checkpoint; that is not necessarily true, although police usually give at least a general location.

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