July 2, 2016

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Sobriety checkpoint planned for this weekend

The Medina County OVI Task Force has announced a sobriety checkpoint this weekend.

The municipality or township to hold the checkpoint will be released the day before, and the exact location will be revealed that morning.

Checkpoints are designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers and happen at areas with greater instances of alcohol-related crashes.

Police are required under federal law to warn drivers of sobriety checkpoints in order to avoid violating Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws.

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

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

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