The Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced that an OVI checkpoint would be held in Howland late Friday through early Saturday.

Troopers will be looking for impaired drivers from 8:30 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday along Elm Road.

Also, saturation patrols will be conducted in other parts of Trumbull County.

"Based on provisional data, there were 379 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 405 people were killed last year in Ohio," Lieutenant B. M. Vail, commander of the Warren post, said.  "State troopers make an 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 remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways proactively."

In 1990 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that holding sobriety checkpoints without first notifying drivers would violate the Constitution's provision barring illegal search and seizure.

In their ruling, however, the justices did not spell out what they considered to be an adequate notification.

That same year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published recommended procedures for OVI checkpoints which included notifying the media of the planned roadblocks.