Sobriety checkpoint planned

A sobriety checkpoint is being planned in the area this week to deter and intercept impaired motorists.

Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said they try to do at least two such OVI (operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol) checkpoints each year, aiming for one in each of the two counties the post handles.

Details about where this checkpoint will take place, including whether it will be in Auglaize County or Mercer County, has not yet been announced and won’t be until the day before the scheduled checkpoint. The specific location of the checkpoint is to be announced that morning.

“A lot of it is educational,” Carrico said of the reason for conducting the checkpoints. “We hope it puts that thought in there and deters them from drinking and driving. That’s what we are there for.”

The lieutenant advised those who plan to consume alcohol should designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before drinking.

“Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired,” Carrico said.

He said while their success with the checkpoints varies, almost everyone they have done results in the arrest of at least one motorist for OVI.

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint is being provided by other local law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the OSHP.