Portage County is becoming a popular location for sobriety checkpoints this year.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday morning that Portage will again be the site for a drunken driving checkpoint Friday evening.
The street location for the checkpoint will be announced Friday morning. Check Patch for updates.
The checkpoints are federally funded and local police departments assist in the operation.
The purpose is to "deter and intercept impaired drivers," according to the OSHP.
"Based on provisional data, there were 332 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 359 people were killed last year and 7,507 injured in Ohio,” Lt. Nakia Hendrix, commander of the Ravenna Post, said. “State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in combating these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”