LIMA - The Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced it will conduct an operating a vehicle while intoxicated checkpoint from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. today on state Route 309 in Allen County.
The checkpoint will be on the west side of Lima, in the area near Robb Avenue and Cole Street.
The checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. It will be conducted with nearby "saturation patrols" to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.
"Based on provisional data, there were 454 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 496 people were killed last year in Ohio," Lt. B.A. Zemelka, commander of the Lima post, said in a press release. "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."
Officials recommend you designate a drive or make other travel arrangements before you consume alcohol.