July 1, 2016

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Year’s 6th OVI checkpoint to be held Thursday in Medina Twp.

A drunken driving checkpoint announced earlier this week will be held 7 to 10 p.m. tonight in Medina Township, on Route 42 north of Fenn Road.

The checkpoint is funded by federal grants and is the sixth one so far this year. It is put on by the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina Post and the Medina County OVI Task Force, which includes officers from many county law enforcement agencies.

“OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving,” patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker said, “but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

The also will be saturation patrols in the surrounding area to combat alcohol-related crashes.

Law enforcement is required to announce OVI checkpoints ahead of time in order to comply with Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws.

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