No arrests at OVI checkpoint in Monroe


No arrests at OVI checkpoint in Monroe

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There were no OVI arrests at Saturday’s OVI checkpoint in Monroe. The Butler County OVI Task Force stopped 849 cars at the checkpoint on Ohio 4 near Ohio 63. The purpose of the checkpoint is to heighten awareness of the problems with impaired driving and to reduce the amount of alcohol and drug-related crashes. FILE PHOTO

The Butler County OVI Task Force reported that there were no OVI arrests at its latest checkpoint Saturday evening in Monroe.

Pete Reising, task force coordinator said that 849 vehicles went through the checkpoint at 6262 Hamilton-Middletown Rd. on Ohio 4 near Ohio 63 in the northbound lane that ran from 7 to 10 p.m. that was staffed by officers from the Monroe, Middletown and Hamilton police departments, the Butler County Sheriffs Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Three vehicles were diverted for further investigation, only one driver was issued a citation for misdemeanor drug abuse, he said.

Reising said on the saturation patrol on roads around the checkpoint area, one driver was cited for driving under suspension. The checkpoint and saturation patrols are designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

On saturation patrol only 1 Driving under suspension citation was issued.

“Based on provisional data, there were 392 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 430 people were killed last year in Ohio,” said Lt. Matt Schmenk of the State Highway Patrol.

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

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