OVI checkpoint planned in Butler County tonight


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The Ohio State Patrol will be conducting an OVI checkpoint on Ohio 128 in Ross Twp. tonight.

The checkpoint will be staged from 9 to 11 p.m. on Ohio 128 near Rossgate Court, according to patrol dispatchers.

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

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In 2018, there were 13,335 OVI-related crashes in which 394 people were killed and 7,799 people were injured in Ohio, Lieutenant Clint Arnold, Commander of the Hamilton OSP Post said.

“State Troopers have made 26,602 OVI arrests last year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” Arnold said. “OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

Some people wonder why the police tip drivers off when they will stage checkpoints, they are required to. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1990 reviewed and upheld the use of sobriety checkpoints as a valid enforcement tool if operated within guidelines.

The jurisdictions that conduct checkpoints are required by law to send out notification a week prior to the checkpoint and then again twice right before, announcing the exact location and times of the roadblocks.

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