Ohio Patrol Plans Weekend Sobriety Checkpoints

May 31, 2005

Colonel Paul McClellan, superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, announced that troopers will operate two checkpoints to deter and intercept impaired drivers this weekend.

The locations of the upcoming checkpoints will not be revealed until later in the week. The counties where the checkpoints will be held will be announced the day prior to the checkpoints, and the exact locations will be announced the morning of the checkpoints.

“Ohio traffic crash statistics show that there were over 17,000 alcohol-related crashes in 2004 and 45 percent of those crashes ended in injury or death,” McClellan said. “If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink – don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.”

Ohio Public Safety Director Kenneth Morckel feels very strongly that checkpoints are effective in the prevention of driving under the influence.

“Our ultimate goal is to save lives and reduce injuries caused by impaired drivers. The combination of sobriety checkpoints, heightened public awareness and strictly enforced laws will make the difference,” Morckel said.

Operational support in the sobriety checkpoints will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

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