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OVI checkpoint Saturday

SOUTH POINT — The Ohio State Highway Patrol will have an OVI checkpoint Saturday evening in Lawrence County.

The checkpoint, funded by federal grants, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

“Based on provisional data, there were 453 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 494 people were killed last year in Ohio,” Lt. Barry Call, commander of the Ironton post, said. “State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired drivers, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

The location of the checkpoint has not yet been announced.