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, July 27, 2019. The first, on South Court Street from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and the second on US 23 in the Village of South Bloomfield, 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 392 vehicles during the course of the two checkpoints. 6 vehicles were diverted to check for potential driver’s license violations and possible alcohol and drug impairment. Two of these drivers were placed under arrest for OVI, with one of those arrest resulting in felony drug possession and child endangerment charges as well. In addition, the area saturation patrols resulted in 1 more OVI arrest, for a total of 3 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 Sergeant Michael Munyon, Circleville Post Assistant 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.”