Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser

ASHLAND -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Ashland Police Department and Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, announced Friday morning there will be an OVI checkpoint tonight from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Claremont Ave, in the City of Ashland.

The OVI Checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat impaired driver-related injury and fatal crashes.

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink.

“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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