By Portia Williams
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) announced that an OVI sobriety checkpoint will be conducted from Friday from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. on US 52 near SR 73 exit, located in Scioto County. OSHP will work in conjunction with the Scioto County Sheriff Department during the checkpoint.
The OVI checkpoint, funded by fines from impaired drivers and other federal funding, is expected to deter and intercept impaired drivers. The checkpoint is in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols, which aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.
Lieutenant M.R. Gore, commander of the Patrol’s Portsmouth Post, said OVI sobriety checkpoints serve as deterrents to impaired driving.
“Sobriety Checkpoints are a safe and effective deterrent to impaired driving and are the ideal complement in our state’s OVI enforcement efforts,” Gore said.
Sergeant John Howard, of the OSHP Portsmouth Post, said the checkpoints are an opportunity to reiterate their concern about driving under the influence of alcohol to the public.
“This is something that we want the public to see, that certainly we have a concern,” Howard said. “We have organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, we have other groups that really push law enforcement to reduce fatal alcohol related crashes. This is for us to show the public that we are out there, and that we are doing what we need to do. It is a deterrent, and you’re going to get arrested if you are under the influence.”
OSHP encourages and emphasizes the need to have a designated driver. For those who consume alcohol, OSHP is asking the public to designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink.
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