LIMA — The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office, announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8-11 p.m. on SR 309 between North Cole Street and Robb Avenue.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. The checkpoint will include nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol and drug related injury and fatal crashes.

“Recent data has shown there have been 241 OVI related crashes, as well as 1,013 OVI arrests made within a three mile radius of the checkpoint location” said Lt. Tim Grigsby, commander of the Lima Post. “The purpose of the checkpoint, as well as the advance notice media releases, is to educate the public of the dangers of impaired driving. We want to drive home a simple point: Don’t endanger the lives of our citizens with a reckless and irresponsible decision to drive while impaired.”

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a sober driver or make travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of driving a motor vehicle while impaired.