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Verbatim: Sobriety checkpoint in Defiance County tomorrow

A report received Wednesday morning from the Ohio State Highway Patrol :

(Defiance) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Defiance County Friday evening.

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

"Based on provisional data, there were 413 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 436 people were killed last year in Ohio," Lieutenant Kevin Thomas, commander of the Defiance 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.

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