Ohio State Highway Patrol car

ASHLAND -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol plans an OVI checkpoint on Friday evening at a location that will be announced earlier in the day.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers, the patrol said.

“Based on provisional data, there were 367 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 402 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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