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I Oppose OVI Checkpoints – Text “DaytonDUI” To 313131

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Why do I oppose OVI checkpoints?

I oppose OVI checkpoints because they are wrong! When I was a kid growing up in the Miami Valley, we believed that what separated us from the evil Soviet Union was our freedom.  It was a Cold-War trope that in America you need not fear officers of the state stopping you for no reason to ask for your papers. Americans travel freely!  It was at the end of the Cold-War that America began its decades long War on Drugs.  The War on Drugs fundamentally changed who we are.

We started to fear each other. We no longer thought of our freedoms as our defining assets. Instead, we started to see some of our freedoms as areas exploited by criminals to prey on us.  It was a very big deal when the United States Supreme Court shifted to a more friendly law enforcement court. The shift to a more favorable view of the War on Drugs under Chief Justice Rheinquist made restrictions on our freedoms a reality. The police became much more powerful.

The War on Drugs – The War on Drunk Driving

When we declared War on Drunk Driving, we decided that our freedom to travel was no longer inclusive of the right to not be stopped without reason.  Under the new schema, Americans would be subjected to police officers stopping every person on a particular roadway to determine if they were drinking.  In effect, they could ask for your papers. Soon, it became ubiquitous for law enforcement to use “any means necessary” to stop drunk drivers. More and more the very principles which defined us a generation ago were being jettisoned in favor of a more militaristic police force and a more pervasive police presence.

When I argue against these operations, it is not motivated by a hatred of law enforcement or a desire to see people drink and drive. I believe in that there are better ways to keep dangerous people off the roads.No one can unring the bell of time and certainly no one wants a return to the Cold War. But the freedoms that we have lost in the War on Drugs and the War on Drunk Drivers should give us pause. I oppose OVI checkpoints because we are better than that. In addition, there are better ways to make the roadways safe.  Saturation patrols are more effective.  Much more effective is the societal shift that mandates drunk driving is not to be tolerated.  We see technological advances such as driverless cars on the horizon.

Free Text Alerts – Text “DaytonDUI” to 313131

Sign up for free OVI checkpoints alerts. Text “DaytonDUI” (one word) to 313131.  This video explains how to get the free text alerts in the Miami Valley. We feel confident that, if you think about how to get home prior to drinking, you will not make the choice to drink and drive. If you need me after hours, please call (937) 776-2671.  My office number is (937) 318-1DUI and our toll-free number is 1-888-ROWLAND.


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No Sobriety Checkpoints In Columbus

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Sobriety CheckpointsIn a rare and unexpected move, there will be No Sobriety checkpoints in Columbus.

There will be no grant-funded drunk driving checkpoints in Columbus. The Columbus Division of Police has declined to accept grant funds.  According to the Columbus Dispatch, Sgt. Michael Smith told law enforcement partners, “By order of Chief Jacobs, grant funding has been declined to fund future sobriety checkpoints operations.”

In addition, “It is with great disappointment that I report to you that Columbus Division of Police no longer has a formal OVI task force.” This means that Columbus will rely upon traditional policing to target impaired drivers instead of using checkpoints. There is good reason for this. Typically, no sobriety checkpoints are used to generate arrests. They are used for publicity against drunk driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving spokesman, has gone nuclear. He said that cutting sobriety checkpoints will result in more deaths. “The more (officers) we have out there, the less tragedies we have on our roadways. Whatever the cause is, we object to it, because it’s putting the interest of public safety lower than it should be.”

I have long argued that the deterrent effect does not justify the intrusion of the government into your car.  It harkens back to the worst days of the Soviet Union. Freedom of travel was restricted and they regularly stopped cars for no reason at all. I also draw attention to the worst abuses of the Prohibition era.  I think the actions of the CDP will result in more, not less, arrests. If you are in the camp that we should “crack down” on drunk driving, this is a move you should applaud.
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I consider this a great day for civil liberties. It is a return to good policing using Constitutionally sanctioned methods to enforce the law. The rule of law and personal liberty won today.  I can only hope that this brave decision is joined by other agencies throughout Ohio.

If you need a DUI attorney, contact Dayton DUI Lawyer Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or visit to learn more. 

Memorial Day OVI Checkpoint In Montgomery County (5/27/16)

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checkpoint-alerts2-810wAAA says more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday weekend.  This Memorial Day, there will be multiple saturation patrols and jurisdictions are setting up additional traffic patrols to make travel safer.  In addition to OVI (drunk driving) patrols, troopers will be looking for seat belt violations, texting while driving and speed offenses.

There will be an OVI checkpoint in Montgomery County on Friday.

If you find yourself in need of an attorney, Charles M. Rowland II (DaytonDUI) will be available 24/7 at (937) 776-2671.  “My staff and I are mobilized to help people who are from out of town and people who might need immediate assistance.”  I have established a reputation as one of Ohio’s leading DUI attorneys, and I want to help you. “All I do is DUI defense.”


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Warren County OVI Checkpoint Tonight (April 8, 2016)

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UPDATE: An OVI Checkpoint is set to be held in on US 22/3 in Warren County Friday Night. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are holding a checkpoint from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on US 22/3 just north of Landen Drive in Deerfield Township, in Warren County.The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols.

There will be an OVI checkpoint in Warren County this weekend. I will release the time and location via the DaytonDUI free text service. If you want to sign up, text DaytonDUI to 313131. Tell your friends and be safe.  You can also stay up-to-date by following DaytonDUI on Facebook.

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St. Patrick’s Day OVI Checkpoints in Montgomery County

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There will be two OVI checkpoints in Montgomery County on St. Patrick’s Day. The first will be from 7 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m. at 10501 Success Ln. near Austin Pike. The second is from approximately 9:30 p.m. until midnight at 790 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Both of these locations are in Washington Township.

In addition to the OVI checkpoints, there will be an all-out police effort to detect and deter drunk drivers. Multiple jurisdictions are conducting saturation patrols through the weekend and placing extra officers on duty.

If you need help regarding an OVI offense, please call Charles Rowland – Dayton DUI at (937) 318-1384 or on the 24 hr. DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.