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Drunken Driving Checkpoint Will be in Portage County Saturday

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will announce the exact location Saturday morning.

Portage County will be the location of an OVI checkpoint sometime Saturday evening, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today.

"Based on provisional data, there were 332 OVI­-related fatal crashes in which 359 people were killed last year and 7,507 injured 11 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."

 warning that the sobriety checkpoint would be set up somewhere within the next week at an undetermined location. The exact location of the checkpoint will be announced Saturday morning. 

"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," Lt. Michael Marucci, commander of the Ravenna Post, said.

Have you ever been stopped at a sobriety checkpoint? What's it like? Tell us in the comments.

Matthias P. August 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
For those curious on why they announce the location early. (Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Stiz (1990)) questioned the legality of police checkpoints due to an argument surrounding the 4th amendment rights. It was determine checkpoints are allowed if they are properly conducted. Some states laws require the police to announce the checkpoints in advance to stay aligned with the US Constitution and serve a deterrent effect.
Mike Plausey August 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Probably will be one at the traditional spot on Graham Rd/Fairchild Rd. right by the high school. Also Rt. 43 on both sides of Kent.
Jenn Shanley August 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It's in Brimfield. The Chief announced they are participating in one this weekend. No location announced though.
Amanda Harnocz August 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Chief Babble! lol breakin' the news ...

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