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Update 8/24/2019 from Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol:

The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol held an OVI checkpoint Friday evening on US 127 just south of Fox Road in the city of Van Wert.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol in partnership with the Van Wert Police Department hoped to deter impaired driving tonight.      

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The checkpoint was held from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. with a total of 675 vehicles checked.  There were 4 vehicles diverted for suspicion of OVI which netted two OVI arrests, a driving under suspension charge, and one minor misdemeanor drug arrest.  In addition to the checkpoint, saturation patrols in the area made 16 traffic stops, with citations issued for traffic violations as well.  In addition to the checkpoint, officers conducted saturation patrols in the area. 

Lieutenant Jonathon Gray said, “At the end of the evening, our goal is to educate motorists to do the right thing and make other arrangements if they are going to consume alcohol.  There is no place for impaired driving on our roadways and the public supports the efforts of the officers out here tonight making this community safer.”

Story done on 8/23/2019:

Over the 2017 Labor Day weekend, there were 376 people who were killed on roadways across the country because of impaired drivers.

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Due to that number, the Van Wert post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was looking at raising awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with an OVI checkpoint along State Route 127 on Friday. A spot on the south side of the City of Van Wert was picked because of the higher volume of traffic and the number of OVI related crashes and arrests around the checkpoint area. The post teamed up with the Van Wert Police Department to conduct the checkpoint with the mission to make the roads safer, now and especially the future.

“OVI checkpoints aren't designed to remove a lot of impaired drivers off the roadway. They can and they will remove impaired drivers, but it also about getting the message out about the importance of not driving impaired. Not only with alcohol, but drugs, and all kinds of things you can be impaired on while driving,” said Lt. Jonathon Gray, Van Wert Post Commander.

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Gray says they try and conduct a checkpoint once a year, which is made possible by a federal grant.

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