Ohio patrol plans OVI checkpoints all week

COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that troopers will operate a low-manpower, multi-agency Operating Vehicle Impaired sobriety checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.

“There were 435 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 474 people were killed last year in Ohio,” Colonel Richard H. Collins, superintendent of the Patrol, said.

“State troopers made 25,520 OVI arrests last year in combating these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed not only to deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink, the patrol said.

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

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