The commander of the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently announced plans for a sobriety checkpoint within his coverage area this weekend.
The checkpoint for drivers operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is meant to intercept impaired motorists, Lt. Scott Carrico said.
“Usually we don’t get a lot of OVIs out of it, but it is used as a tool to increase awareness, educate and as a deterrent,” Carrico told the Wapakoneta Daily News.
The county where the checkpoint is to take place is expected to be announced the day prior to the checkpoint and a specific location announced the morning of the checkpoint.
The Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol covers Auglaize and Mercer counties.
Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint is being provided by local law enforcement agencies. Other agencies are expected to be involved as part of saturation patrols.
Troopers remind those who plan to consume alcohol to also plan for a sober driver or make other appropriate travel arrangements before drinking.
“This is part of an ongoing statewide initiative as part of a federal program with federal money paying the state to conduct the checkpoints,” Carrico said. “There have been four in the last couple months in surrounding counties.”
The Wapakoneta Post’s checkpoint is coming at the end of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative.