499 Vehicles Pass Through Columbiana County OVI Checkpoint

LISBON - The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Columbiana County Sheriffs Office, Perry Township Police Department and Salem Police Department conducted a multi-agency OVI Checkpoint from 7 pm to 11 pm. Friday evening. The checkpoint was held on State Route 45 at milepost 23 in Perry Township, Columbiana County.

499 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with two vehicles being diverted to a secondary area. In addition to the checkpoint, troopers and area agencies worked saturation patrols in the area.

There were two arrests made for Operating a Vehicle Impaired and 8 additional traffic citations issued, by the saturation patrols, during the checkpoint timeframe.

The OVI checkpoint and saturation patrols were funded by fines from impaired drivers and other federal funding. The goal was to make motorists more aware of the impaired driver problem in Ohio, help bring about a reduction in the number of alcohol & drug related crashes and to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Lt. Les Brode, Lisbon Post Commander, said "Even with the short delays, officers working the event received a tremendous amount of public support during the checkpoint and I want to thank the motoring public for helping to make our roadways safer and the checkpoint was beneficial for the public awareness and voluntary compliance."

Please remember, if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink.

Don't let mother life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.