July 1, 2016

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Task force gets OVI money

BRUNSWICK — The Ohio Department of Public Safety has awarded a $135,694 federal traffic safety grant for the Medina County OVI Task Force.

The grant money will be used to conduct sobriety checkpoints and aggressive saturation patrols for impaired drivers throughout the county during the 2014 federal fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.

A similar grant last fiscal year allowed the OVI Task Force to conducted 12 sobriety checkpoints.

The OVI Task Force is a cooperative effort of the police departments in the cities of Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth; the townships of Brunswick Hills, Hinckley, Medina and Montville; the villages of Lodi, Seville and Spencer; along with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol.

“Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Medina County,” Brunswick police Lt Brian Ohlin said.

The grants are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.

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