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Patrol announces OVI checkpoint

• May 10, 2018 at 3:15 PM

ELYRIA — The state Highway Patrol’s Elyria post has announced troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers Friday in Lorain County.

The location will be announced Friday, the morning of the checkpoint.

Opperational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

“Within Lorain County, there were 155 OVI-related crashes, 1,104 OVI-related arrests and there were a total of seven OVI-related fatal crashes in 2017,” said Lt. Carlos Smith, commander of the Elyria post. “State troopers make, on average, 25,000 arrests statewide each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous driver.

“OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

Troopers encourage those who plan to consume alcohol to designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before drinking. “Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.”

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