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OSP to conduct OVI checkpoints in Mahoning and Columbiana counties

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CANFIELD, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol will continue to crack down on drinking and driving in the state over the weekend.

OSP's Facebook page mentions nine Ohio counties where officers will conduct OVI checkpoints this weekend, including Mahoning and Columbiana.

OVI checkpoints are funded by federal grants, and are used to help find impaired drivers and keep them off the streets.
 
"Based on provisional data, there were 375 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 406 people were killed last year in Ohio," Lieutenant N. Hendrix, Commander of the Canfield Post said. "State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways."

Lieutenant Hendrix tells 21 News that the locations of designated checkpoints are based on statistics of data compiled over a three year period of fatal OVI-related crashes.
  
A news release says the location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday.
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