OVI checkpoint planned for Friday evening


By Staff Report

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday morning an upcoming OVI checkpoint.

Designed to remind operators of the consequences of driving impaired, the event is just one way law enforcement keeps those who’ve had too much to drink off the roadways.

According to Lieutenant R. Pasqueletti of the Zanesville Post, the federally grant-funded checkpoints are conducted to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

“Based on provisional data, there were 586 fatal crashes, in which 350 were OVI related last year in Ohio,” Pasqueletti said. “State troopers make on average 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.”

The event is scheduled for Friday, August 27. The exact location and time of the checkpoint will be announced Friday morning.

In addition, law enforcement around the county also often uses saturation patrols to catch would-be impaired drivers that seek to circumvent the checkpoint.

OVI checkpoints are announced by law enforcement and published by the local media to satisfy the 1990 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz, which focused on the Fourth Amendment protections prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure.