DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The message Saturday was simple, if you drink and drive, you’ll spend your holiday behind bars.
Officials held a sobriety checkpoint Saturday in honor of two men killed by drunk drivers.
The checkpoint was dedicated to the memories of Art Lane and Cornelius Martin.
Officials patrolled the area of 1385 Harshman Road between State Route 4 and Springfield Street.
The goal of the OVI Task Force is to look for seat belt violations and reduce the number of alcohol and drug related traffic crashes.
According to officials, sobriety checkpoints help deter drunk driving and help in apprehending impaired drivers who make the choice to get behind the wheel.
Those who hadn’t been drinking Saturday were asked for a valid drivers license.
Those who had been drinking were tested to make sure their level were not over .10 and that the roads will be safe.
“We also understand how it feels to lose someone that you care about and that’s the reason why we’re out here to prevent that so no one else has to go through that heartache,” said Officer Charles Jones, nephew of Cornelius Martin.
Jones’ uncle died when his motorcycle was hit by a driver on drugs.
One of Martin’s friends also died and another lost his leg.
The other man honored Saturday was Art Lane, the father of an officer who was killed by a drunk driver.
Lane’s son and wife all died in the crash, as his surviving sons watched the deadly accident unfold.
OVI officials told 2 NEWS on Memorial Day Weekend, drivers simply aren’t as cautious or responsible.
“We’ll first of all it’s a three day weekend so people are going to party longer they’re going to drink more and they’re not going to think correctly because they’ve been drinking or they’ve been using drugs and when they get behind the wheel of the car it’s a weapon and it’s dangerous,” said Carlene Maynes with Montgomery County’s OVI Task Force.
Officials hope by enacting the checkpoint, they can prevent any tragedies.
When asked what he’d like drivers to think of before getting behind the wheel, Jones said, “I would ask you if you could possibly do it try to think about your loved ones, think about yourself, think about is this worth it?”
Saturday night was just the beginning of a long effort to keep these roads safe.
Officials are using the ‘Click or Ticket’ campaign through June 2nd, at which time they’ll also be looking for drivers under the influence.