July 1, 2016

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Sobriety checkpoint on state Route 18 tonight in Granger, Sharon twps.

GRANGER, SHARON TWPS. — A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted starting at 9:30 p.m. tonight on state Route 18, just west of the Summit County line in Granger and Sharon townships.

The checkpoint is funded by federal grants and is designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

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

Police are required under federal law to release the location of sobriety checkpoints in advance in order to avoid violating Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws.

Members of the county task force have said the point is not to make arrests — though that’s a nice bonus. Instead, they’ve said releasing the location is good because it reminds people they shouldn’t drive impaired.

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