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21 crashes, 111 OVI arrests in 3 years leads OSHP to conduct checkpoint

Posted at 11:47 AM, May 11, 2019

CATAWBA ISLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol released statistical data from the past three years that led to the initiation of a checkpoint Friday.

State Highway Patrol conducted an OVI checkpoint on state Route 53, working with Catawba Island Township Police and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the past three years, there have been 21 OVI-related crashes within three miles of Friday’s checkpoint location. In that same area and time period, 111 OVI arrests were made. Those numbers led to the initiation of the checkpoint, according to OSHP.

During Friday’s two hour operation, 265 cars passed through the checkpoint. Saturation patrols after the checkpoint resulted in one OVI arrest, OHSP said.

“I would like to personally thank those motorists who designated a sober driver or made other travel arrangements after consuming alcohol. We hope this trend continues so that no more lives are lost through the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel while impaired,” Lieutenant B. W. Gockstetter, Sandusky Post Commander stated.