MOUNT GILEAD — The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced OVI checkpoints will be held in Knox County this evening.
The OVI checkpoints, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.
“Based on provisional data, there were 784 OVI-related fatal crashes with 405 people killed last year in Ohio,” Lt. Gurjit S. Grewal, commander of the Mount Gilead Post, said. “State troopers make an average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from out roadways.”
The checkpoints will be held from 8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday on State Route 13/South Main Street and US Route 36/Coshocton Avenue, in Mount Vernon.