June 27, 2016

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Sobriety checkpoint in Wadsworth planned for Saturday night

WADSWORTH — The second sobriety checkpoint in as many weeks will be held Saturday in Wadsworth, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today.

The specific time and location of the checkpoint will be announced Saturday 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.

“Citizens of our county continue to be injured and killed as a result of impaired drivers on our streets and highways,” said Brunswick police Lt. Brian Ohlin, commander of the county OVI task force. “OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

Saturday’s checkpoint is the third this year. Twenty more checkpoints are planned throughout the year.

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