OVI checkpoint to be held tonight in Lima


LIMA — The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct an OVI checkpoint from 8-11 p.m. today on state Route 309, between North Cole Street and Robb Avenue.

The checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is intended to deter and intercept impaired drivers. The checkpoint will include nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol and drug related injury and fatal crashes.

“Recent data has shown there have been 241 OVI related crashes, as well as 1,013 OVI arrests, made within a three-mile radius of the checkpoint location,” said Lt. Tim Grigsby, commander of the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “The purpose of the checkpoint is to educate the public of the dangers of impaired driving. We want to drive home a simple point: Don’t endanger the lives of our citizens with a reckless and irresponsible decision to drive while impaired.”

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