UPDATED: Sobriety checkpoint set

Location announced in Port Clinton
Aug 21, 2014



UPDATED 8:41 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Port Clinton Police Department, and the Ohio Investigative Unit announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. tonight on SR-163 (E. Perry Street) near Maple Street, in Port Clinton, Ottawa County.
The OVI checkpoints, funded by federal grants, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.
The checkpoints will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.
If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don't let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Ottawa County tomorrow evening in cooperation with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Port Clinton Police Department, and the Ohio Investigate Unit.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

"Based on provisional data 2012-2013, there were 413 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 436 people were killed last year in Ohio.” Lieutenant A.L. DeChoudens, commander of the Sandusky Post, said. "State Troopers make on 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 proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways."

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday morning.


pigeon farmer

Limit the power of the police state.


No Doubt Pigeon Farmer, look at all the military surplus these police are getting. More like military policing. Gonna get alot worse. We need to take our government back to the people

pigeon farmer

Our spineless elected officials need to enforce the Posse Comitatus Act. If the politicians will not the people will.


What does driving drunk have to do with military surplus. They could be saving your life or a family members life by getting a drunk driver off the road.

pigeon farmer

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

Ben Franklin

The police would be at the bars giving free rides home if it was about safety. It is about money and control.


drunk drivers should die alone in one car wrecks away from all other life but we all know THAT'S not gonna happen
suddenly I see someone driving in through the out door gee i wonder if they have been boozing?????


I think you been boozing

From the Grave

Not a very HOLY comment.


I am guessing the usual spot of 163 and 53.... Anyone else want to guess before they announce it??


I know a good checkpoint. Try outside a bar!


Someone should put a large banner with the 4th Amendment on it right in front of the check point.


There is one bar on Maple in PC and I imagine quite a few patrons drive home drunk but that's only a drop in the bucket of the number of drunk drivers on the roads in any given weekend. 163 outside of PC, 53 toward Fremont, and Rt 2 east and west need checked also. Perry Street, the main drag in PC could offer up quite a few drunk drivers coming from Lock, Dock and Barrell (formerly Nick's). I think law enforcement is dropping the ball by choosing the Maple Street location. And how many of them will leave the bar between 8 and 10 pm? Also locals drive back from Marblehead on State Road and will completely bypass this location.

BULLISDEEP's picture

Easy overtime


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