OVI and safety checkpoints upcoming

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July 1, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Drinking and driving is never a good combination, especially this week. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.

The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

“If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink,” Lieutenant Mike Gore, commander of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. “Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.”

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

For many years, people caught driving while intoxicated were charged with DUI or DWI, Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Under the Influence, respectively. That changed in January of 2005 when the Ohio General Assembly changed the statute to the wording “Operating a Vehicle under the Influence” or “OVI”. The change in terminology was done to reflect a more accurate description of an offense since someone doesn’t necessarily have to be “driving” or operating a “motor” vehicle to be guilty of OVI.

Also on Monday, the Ashland post of the Kentucky State Police announced it would be conducting safety checkpoints at various times and locations throughout the Post 14 District, which encompasses Boyd, Greenup, Carter and Lawrence counties in Kentucky.

Trooper Michael Murriell of Post 14 said the safety checkpoints are held in an effort to reduce alcohol and drug related crashes, ensure compliance with operator’s license laws, and vehicle equipment safety and registration laws.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT