June 30, 2016

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Memorial Day weekend sobriety checkpoint announced

The Medina County OVI Task Force announced on Wednesday there will be a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Medina County on Saturday.

In compliance with state and federal law, the task force will on Friday announce the city or township where the checkpoint will be set up. Saturday morning, police will announce the specific location.

Locations of sobriety checkpoints are chosen based on history of non-sober driving. Checkpoints are often held near holidays when many drivers are on the roads.

Police are required to announce the checkpoints ahead of time to avoid violating Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws. Task force members have said the checkpoints are designed to both deter driving under the influence and to make arrests.

The checkpoints are funded with grant money and are run by police from several agencies across the county.

“If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink,” police said in a press release. “Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.”

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