OSHP to do OVI checks in Mahoning Co. Friday

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday that OVI checkpoints will be held in Mahoning County Friday, according to an OSHP press release.

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

“OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways,” Canfield Post Commander Lt. N. Hendrix said.

According to the release, there were 315 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 349 people were killed in Ohio in 2014. The release also stated that state troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat drunk drivers.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday.

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