Caution: Drunken Driving Checkpoint Friday, Here's Where it's Happening
Find out where in Portage County police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight until Saturday morning.
Brimfield Township, OH — This morning, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced that a checkpoint will be set up on State Route 43 near milepost 9 in Brimfield Township.
The checkpoint will be conducted from 10 p.m. tonight until 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
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.
The last time a checkpoint was conducted in Brimfield, a total of 25 people were arrested on St. Patrick's Day.
"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.”