June 25, 2016

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Easter weekend sobriety checkpoint planned for Friday night

MEDINA — There will be an Easter weekend sobriety checkpoint in Medina on Friday evening, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today.

The specific time and location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday morning. Sobriety checkpoints are conducted at locations with a history of impaired driving incidents.

Checkpoints of this kind are funded by federal grants and are designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, police are required to announce the time and location of sobriety checkpoints in order to avoid violating Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws. Members of the Medina County OVI Task Force have said the goal of such checkpoints is to deter driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not to make a ton of arrests.

So far this year, Medina County has seen three fatal crashes — two of which are suspected to be related to drugs or alcohol, according to the State Highway Patrol.

“State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” said Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the patrol’s Medina post. “OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

Friday’s checkpoint is the second this year. Twenty more checkpoints are planned throughout the year.

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