What kind of impact are OVI checkpoints having?

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County OVI Task Force announced today it’s getting nearly $225,000 in state grant money to use in the next year, so 2 NEWS took a look at the impact the grant money had this past year when it comes to your safety on the roads.

The money goes toward saturation patrols done across the county along with OVI checkpoints.

More than 6,000 vehicles went through the checkpoints last year, 85 OVI drivers were arrested and several hundred others were charged with other offenses like not having a license.

Those with the task force say there were 1,000 alcohol related crashes in the Miami Valley in the last year.

They say nine out of 10 people surveyed believe drunk driving is a threat to them.

“The community really expresses a strong interest,” says Major David Wolford with the Dayton Police Department. “Having one drink and getting behind the wheel is unacceptable to the community and that’s what this task force is about.”

According to state numbers alcohol accounted for only about 5 percent of all crashes but about a third of all fatal crashes.

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