WADSWORTH — A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted tonight.
The checkpoint, funded by a federal grant, will be operated by the Medina County OVI Task Force, members of the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol as well as local police.
This is the second OVI checkpoint in Wadsworth in 2013. The first one, conducted on Main Street early in March, yielded one arrest from the checkpoint and another from “saturation patrols” in the neighborhood of the checkpoint.
“Last year we had six OVI deaths in the county and while we’re only in mid-August, we’re only at one,” Wadsworth Police Chief Randall Reinke said. “I think that’s a testament to the efforts of the task force and the individual departments, and their enforcement of a no-tolerance policy.”
So far this year, there were 63 OVI arrests and 10 OVI crashes within a two-mile radius of the planned checkpoint. Wadsworth has made 73 OVI arrests this year.
A search of police blotters shows 26 OVI arrests just since June 1.
Of the 26 arrests since June, half of them of them have been within a 2.5-mile radius of the Interstate 76 entry at High Street, and seven of those within half a mile of that junction. A total of 10 drunken drivers have been arrested on High Street between Euclid Avenue and Reimer Road. Another arrest occurred just off High Street, on Smokerise Drive near Wal-Mart.
“I think you can see from those numbers, there is a problem within the general vicinity,” Reinke said. “We’re fortunate in Medina County that all the chiefs and the sheriff have come together to support the task force.”
Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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