‘I’m salivating’: Man gearing up to warn public of OVI checkpoints

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PARMA, Ohio -- He's back! Doug Odolecki was cited several weeks ago for obstructing official business after holding a warning sign near an OVI checkpoint.  With the 4th of July weekend ahead, Odolecki is gearing up for a big weekend to warn drivers of more checkpoints around Northeast Ohio.

"I'm personally salivating," said Odolecki. "Waiting for the wheres and whens so I can go out and do what I do."

Odolecki runs the Greater Cleveland Cop Block, an online forum devoted to holding the police accountable for the actions. He likes to show up at OVI checkpoints with signs warning drivers, all while recording it on his camera.

"You're supposed to be free from being able to incriminate yourself, and you're also supposed to be free from unlawful searches and seizures which we believe these checkpoints are," he said.

Three weeks ago, Doug was cited by Parma police because his sign included the words 'Turn Now,' and police viewed that as obstruction of justice. He has since changed the sign to be more compliant.

"It says police activity, checkpoint ahead," Odolecki said. "I can white out the checkpoint when I need to just in case it's a speed trap -- I can use the sign for that but the turn now is now on the outside flaps of the sign so I can take it off or put it on as I see fit."

Odolecki was warned by Parma police before being cited. According to state law, the police in Ohio are required to alert the public a few days before a checkpoint is set up. In case you're wondering, Odolecki is against drinking and driving.

"Greater Cleveland Cop Block advocates using a designated driver and drinking responsibly," Odolecki said.

The 43-year-old shows up at numerous OVI checkpoints around Northeast Ohio, and his presence has been received in different ways.

"In May, I did a checkpoint where they actually invited me in and offered me pizza, things like this, and I was using the same sign at the time, so now all of a sudden the sign is not good," he said.

So next time you see that OVI checkpoint, you can rest assured Odolecki will be nearby, camera, signs and all, alerting the public of what's ahead.

"It's free speech no matter how you look at it," he said.

Odolecki is due in court on July 29 for his obstruction of justice citation.

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