Ohio State Highway Patrol car

ASHLAND -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday that it plans an OVI checkpoint in Ashland County Friday evening.

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

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is an attempt to deter and intercept impaired drivers, according to the patrol.

“Based on provisional data, there were 637 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 685 people were killed last year in Ohio,” said Lt Raymond Durant, commander of the Ashland Post.

“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," Durant said.

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