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OVI Checkpoint does more than catch impaired drivers

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Friday night, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Allen County Sheriff’s office, and the Lima Police Department, along with the local MADD chapter participated in an O-V-I checkpoint along State Route 309 between Robb Ave and Cole Street. Friday night, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Allen County Sheriff’s office, and the Lima Police Department, along with the local MADD chapter participated in an O-V-I checkpoint along State Route 309 between Robb Ave and Cole Street.

Local law enforcement are teaming up to raise awareness to the dangers of driving while impaired.

Friday night, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Allen County Sheriff’s office, and the Lima Police Department, along with the local MADD chapter participated in an O-V-I checkpoint along State Route 309 between Robb Ave and Cole Street. The police officers, deputies and troopers stopped vehicles traveling through the checkpoint to just see if drivers had any signs of being impaired, but more importantly to remind them not to endanger the lives of others by driving drunk or high on drugs.

“We have had plenty of traffic deaths in the last three or four years,"  says Lt. Tim Grigsby, Lima Post Commander. "As a matter of fact, we have had three just OVI related traffic death within a three mile radius of this checkpoint and over 1,000 OVI arrests.  So this is a pipeline for OVI driving characteristics and we are trying to bring awareness to get that cut down.”

Grigsby wants to remind the public to designate a driver when you are out drinking.  The checkpoint ran from around 8:30 to 11 o’clock Friday night and was funded through a federal grant. 

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