Drunk driver beware: OSP is watching for OVI

(AP Photo/David Kohl)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – With St. Patrick’s Day just days away and college basketball tournaments underway, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, county sheriffs and local police departments are warning all not to drink and drive.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting multiple OVI checkpoints in Stark, Tuscarawas, Lake, Wood, Summit, Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties this weekend and during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Monday, March 17.

The Clark County OVI Task Force will be operating an OVI checkpoint in Clark County Friday, March 14 to intercept impaired drivers as part of our ongoing enforcement efforts. The checkpoint will begin at 8 p.m. and located at the 500 block of Upper Valley Pike in Springfield.

The Ohio Investigative Unit is advising bars and party hosts to be responsible during March celebrations, with a reminder that it is illegal to serve, sell or furnish alcohol to someone who is intoxicated.

“There is an element of personal responsibility, however, there is a responsibility on behalf of the bar or the party host not to serve alcohol to an already intoxicated person,” said Agent-in-Charge Eric Wolf.

In Montgomery County, officials are offering free cab rides from Friday through Tuesday by calling 449-9999.

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