OVI checkpoint planned

CHILLICOTHE – Are you going to be driving in Ross County this evening? If you are, chances are you’ll encounter an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight. The location of the checkpoint won’t be announced until this morning.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Based on provisional data, there were OVI-related fatal crashes in which people were killed last year in Ohio, said Lt. T.J. Karwatske, commander of the Chillicothe Post.

“State troopers make an average of 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”