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Why Do Police Release OVI Checkpoint Locations?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - In Ohio in 2013, nearly 350 people died because of drunk-driving crashes, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that one drink can be too many.

"That is one thing that we will work out best to get those OVI impaired motorists off the roadways because what we don't want is your family member getting a knock at the door at 3 in the morning, they've been involved in some type of fatal crash and it's involving an impaired motorist," said Sgt. Vincent Shirey, of the patrol.

OVI checkpoints are part of the plan than law enforcement officers use to deter drunk driving. But many ask why officials alert driver to the checkpoints when the point is to catch people driving under the influence.

The answer is that there are legal guidelines that law enforcement officers must follow set by the Supreme Court in 1990.

That includes notifying residents of the OVI checkpoints and locations. The notice must contain the date, time, and location of the checkpoint.

"When we do pushes like this, when we do enforcement, when we do education, when we utilize the media to help get out the message, we're seeing those numbers actually get better," Shirey said.

Patrol officials said that the number of OVI-related fatal crashes had decreased in 2013.

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