(WJW) — Local authorities in multiple Northeast Ohio counties will hold sobriety checkpoints this weekend.
“If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink,” read a Monday announcement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.”
This year, there have been more than 6,600 OVI-related crashes in the state as of Aug. 28, according to the state patrol’s crash dashboard. About 260 of those crashes were fatal.
In Newburgh Heights, police have planned a checkpoint for Friday, Sept. 8. Officials say the exact location will be announced Friday morning.
Cuyahoga County has had more than 500 OVI-related crashes this year, nine of them fatal, according to the dashboard.
Similarly, the Richland County post of the state patrol has a checkpoint planned for Saturday. The location and time will be announced Saturday morning.
Richland County has had 93 OVI-related crashes so far this year, including three fatal crashes, according to the dashboard.