Mary Alice Reporting – As a way to deter impaired driving the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, will host an OVI checkpoint.

The initiative is funded through federal grants and the local one will be held Friday evening. The exact location is withheld until that morning.

New Philadelphia Post Trooper Shaun Walters explains that these sobriety checkpoints are a way to increase public awareness.

“Yes, we’re stopping cars and getting to know people but we’re also telling people, hey, you guys are our eyes on the road. If you see something call #677 or the local sheriff’s office. Basically, just to get out and talk to people.”

He adds that impaired driving is not limited to certain geographical areas and happens at all hours of the day.

“And a lot of time people think OVI and they think alcohol. I would say alcohol is our most prevalent; however, we arrest a lot of people for drug, whether they be prescription [or not]. Anything that alters the natural state of the mind or body that can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.”

Data shows that, in Tuscarawas County, there were 136 OVI enforcements conducted in 2021. So far this year, as of July 18th, there have been 167.

Records also show eight fatal crashes related to OVI in 2021 and one fatality currently in 2022.

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