CIRCLEVILLE – The Circleville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, the Circleville Police Department, the Circleville Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation, conducted two OVI checkpoints on Friday, June 29, 2018. The first, on South Court Street from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and the second on Lancaster Pike, from 10:00 P.M. to 12:00 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 employed in the surrounding areas to combat alcohol and drug related fatal and serious injury crashes.
Troopers, deputies and officers checked 544 vehicles during the course of the two checkpoints. 16 vehicles were diverted to check for potential driver’s license violations and possible alcohol and drug impairment. Three of these drivers were placed under arrest for OVI, with two of those arrests resulting in felony drug possession charges as well. In addition, the area saturation patrols resulted in 3 more OVI arrests, for a total of 6 OVI arrests for alcohol and drugged driving impairment during the 6 hour enforcement period.
“The success of yesterday evenings checkpoints is a direct reflection of the level of commitment and cooperation between our agencies to keep the roadways of Pickaway County safe,” said Lieutenant Steven K. Herron, Circleville 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.”