MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Mount Vernon Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation, conducted two OVI checkpoints Friday, Aug. 24. The first was on US36/Coshocton Avenue, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the second was on Ohio 13/South Main Street, from 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The OVI checkpoints were funded with federal grants, to both deter and intercept impaired drivers and to raise public awareness of the continued problem of impaired driving on our streets and highways. Saturation patrols were also deployed in the surrounding areas to combat alcohol and drug related fatal and serious injury crashes.
Troopers, deputies, and officers checked 486 vehicles during the course of the two checkpoints. One vehicle was diverted to check for possible alcohol impairment. There were no OVI arrests made during he checkpoint operations. The saturation patrols resulted in one OVI arrest involving alcohol impairment.
“The accomplishments of the checkpoints is a direct reflection of the level of commitment and cooperation between our agencies to keep the roadways of Knox County safe,” said Lt. Gurjit S. Grewal, Mount Gilead Post Commander. “If you are going to drink, designate a driver or make other transportation arrangements to avoid a senseless tragedy. The life you save could be yours or someone else’s loved one, or your own.”