OVI checkpoint planned in Wapakoneta tonight

WAPAKONETA — The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Wapakoneta Police Department, will conduct an OVI checkpoint from 8-10 p.m. today on state Route 198 north of U.S. 33 in Wapakoneta. The checkpoint, funded by federal grants, is intended to deter and detect impaired drivers.

“Based on provisional data, there were 379 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 405 people were killed last year in Ohio,” said Lt. Scott Carrico, commander of the Wapakoneta post. “State troopers make 25,000 OVI arrests each year on average 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.”

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