The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Wapakoneta Post announced that troopers will operate an OVI sobriety checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers in Darke County Friday evening.
The sobriety checkpoint will be operated using federal grant funding. The specific location of the checkpoint will be announced tomorrow morning.
“Based on provisional data, there were 375 impaired driver related fatal crashes that killed 406 people last year in Ohio,” Lt. Scott Carrico, commander of the Wapakoneta Post said. “Statewide, troopers make on average 25,000 impaired driver arrests each year to help combat this traffic safety problem. OVI checkpoints are designed to deter impaired driving and remove those that don’t heed the warning.”
Troopers are again reminding those who plan to consume alcohol to also plan for a sober driver, or make other appropriate travel arrangements before drinking. Alcohol related crashes continue to be a significant problem nationally and locally. Please help the Patrol prevent more tragedy resulting from impaired driving by spreading the message.