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Man warns drivers at DUI checkpoint to 'turn now!'

Man Ticketed For Giving Heads Up On DUI Checkpoint

An Ohio man took it upon himself to warn drivers of an upcoming DUI checkpoint, and now he's feeling the heat.

WOIO reports: "Freedom of speech or obstruction of justice? Controversy over this sign held by Parma resident Doug Odolecki standing on the sidewalk."
"They wanted to make me take down my sign."

Odolecki was given a ticket, and the police confiscated the sign.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports officers are already required to let residents know a week before a DUI checkpoint is set up. "And a few hours before, the exact location, start and end times must be available to the public."

So it's safe to say Odolecki wasn't telling the public any information that wasn't already available. But police say it was the language on the sign that obstructed justice.

Officers took issue with the "turn now" part of the sign.

Odolecki says police check points are an abuse of power. Some of the stats:

According to WJW-TV "Parma police have approximately four checkpoints a year, according to a spokesperson. Last Friday, 1,592 vehicles entered the checkpoint and 499 were checked."

In a video of the incident posted on YouTube, you can see the officers approaching Odolecki calmly and telling him he can keep the sign.

"You can stand here with the sign, but you have to get rid of the 'turn now.'"

WJW-TV reports Odolecki plans to fight the ticket in court.

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Mandy June 18 2014 at 11:49 AM

When my niece was 19 years old, she got behind the wheel after drinking, and drove into a concrete abutment at 60 miles per hour, killing herself and her boyfriend. I would much rather have had her busted at a checkpoint.

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Scooter June 18 2014 at 11:29 AM

Absolutely Freedom of Speech. There is nothing illegal here!!

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plybon72 June 18 2014 at 11:43 AM

Checkpoints of any kind are un-American and illegal.

Yes, this fiction that announcing them on some barely listened to radio station, seldom read publication, or hidden in the classifieds, makes them voluntary is just that,, FICTION.

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GEORGE June 18 2014 at 11:42 AM

Gee, for our safety? what's next? someone asking where are your papers? I think nazi germany tried that one but now it ias for your safety.lol you gotta be kidding me.

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bioniclepluslotr June 18 2014 at 11:47 AM

It's obstruction of justice because he is aiding illegal activities by helping drunk drivers evade police. It's no different than trying to throw off police from finding drug dealers and human traffickers. Illegal is illegal and is not protected by freedom of speech.

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realdealnyc June 18 2014 at 12:53 PM

I can kind of understand someone warning drivers about speed traps, but DUI? DUIs have caused so many serious accidents -- oftern resulting in death -- that someone warning drivers about a DUI checkpoint isn't rally helping anyone -- and may actually be the cause of more harm than good.

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d1anaw June 18 2014 at 1:00 PM

Yes, lord knows we should not be tying to get the drunks off the road. Afterall, getting shitfaced and slamming into someone and killing them is a Constitutional right, correct?

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george.pence d1anaw June 18 2014 at 5:02 PM

For every dui. maybe 10% are drunk the others had a couple beers after work, they can probably drive better than you.

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Greg Schaper d1anaw June 18 2014 at 5:09 PM

Stupid statement. Harming others is not a Constitutional right, and your rights end when you infringe upon mine. We get drunks off the road when they exhibit behavior that gives an officer "probable cause" or reasonable suspicion". Officers do not have the right to pull you over at any time "just because". These DUI checkpoints are on shaky ground, and even those that voted with the (barely) majority stated that this was a "minor" infraction upon your rights.

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jdg1162 Greg Schaper June 18 2014 at 6:42 PM

Look up the definition of irony, then read the statement you're refering to again...jeeeezzz.

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joehennes June 18 2014 at 11:53 AM

I wouldn't say he should be prohibited from warning people, but what a stupid a$$. If even one person dies from a drunk driver he warned...

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ycplum June 18 2014 at 12:51 PM

Freedom of Speech is not absolute. The SCOTUS has ruled that reasonable limits can be placed on the 1St Amendment, particularly when what is said could reasonable cause injuries or death. The classic example is yelling "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater, thereby causing panic. In this case, the warning of a DUI check point is not illegal. However, the "turn now" has a reasonable potential for causing an accident.

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ectullis June 18 2014 at 11:26 AM

Freedom of speach.

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