VAN WERT – The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Grover Hill and Scott Police Departments, and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office conducted a multi-agency OVI Checkpoint from 6 P.M. to 11PM. Saturday evening. The checkpoints were held on State Route 114 in the Village of Grover Hill and on Blaine St in the Village of Scott in Paulding and Van Wert Counties.

149 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 2 of the vehicles being diverted to a secondary area. There were no arrests for OVI in the checkpoint zone, but one person was cited for having an open container of beer in their vehicle. In addition to the checkpoint, troopers and area agencies worked saturation patrols in the area. There was 1 drug arrest made and 8 additional traffic citation issued, by the saturation patrols, during the checkpoint timeframe.

The OVI checkpoint and saturation patrols were funded by fines from impaired drivers and other federal funding. The goal was to make motorists more aware of the impaired driver problem in Ohio, help bring about a reduction in the number of alcohol & drug related crashes and to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Lt. Les Brode, Van Wert Post Commander, said “Even with the short delays, officers working the event received a tremendous amount of public support during the checkpoint and I want to thank the motoring public for helping to make our roadways safer. Even though there were no OVI arrests made at the checkpoint line, the checkpoint was beneficial for the public awareness and voluntary compliance.”

Please remember, if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.