PDT Staff Writer
More than 400 motorists were contacted during Friday night’s OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) checkpoint, on U.S. 52 near the exit ramp of Ohio 73. The checkpoint was hosted by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office which was assisted by troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. OSHP Portsmouth Post Commander Lt. Karla Taulbee said she was pleased State Representative Terry Johnson was at the checkpoint to show his support.
The location was chosen due to the high number of OVI arrests that have historically been made in that area. The checkpoint started at 10 p.m. on Friday evening and concluded approximately three hours later.
Of the 438 motorists contacted, 19 were diverted for further investigation and two of those motorists diverted were cited for having no license or driving under suspension. Additionally three OVI arrests were made by perimeter patrol units.
“Checkpoints not only deter impaired driving, but also serve as a good opportunity to have positive interaction with motorists,” Taulbee said.
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