How effective are OVI checkpoints?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The OVI Task Force of Montgomery County held a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night.

The checkpoint was at Gettysburg Avenue and Kings Highway. Fourteen officers participated. The overtime is paid for with federal grant dollars.

Those with the task force say the checkpoints are effective deterrents. They say along with the checkpoints there are other officers patrolling the rest of the county for anyone who tries to detour around them.

“We have not gotten a lot of DUIs or impaired drivers through the checkpoints because we hope our message is getting across to people.” says Carlene Maynes with the OVI Task Force of Montgomery County. “Most of the people that go through the checkpoint are sober, which is a good thing.”

Along with checking for impaired drivers, officers also check your license and make sure your vehicle doesn’t have things like headlights or turn signals out.

In a checkpoint, Maynes says every vehicle is pulled over and checked unless traffic gets too backed up.

Maynes says Montgomery County normally does 12 checkpoints a year but is doing 16 this year.

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