Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and local police officers will be checking drivers for signs of impairment tonight at seven different checkpoints throughout Portage County.
The checkpoints will be conducted starting at 8 p.m. and continuing through 1 a.m. in areas of Portage County identified by highway patrol and local police statistics as having large numbers of impaired drivers, either from alcohol or drugs, according to highway patrol Sgt. Tom Hermann.
The locations of the checkpoints are:
S.R. 303 in Windham Township, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
S.R. 44 in Mantua, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
S.R. 82 in Garrettsville, from 10 p.m. to midnight
S.R. 14 at Lovers Lane in Ravenna, from 11 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday
S.R. 59 in Kent, from 11 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday
S.R. 44 in Rootstown, from 10 p.m. to midnight
S.R. 43 in Brimfield, from midnight Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday
Troopers and local officers will observe drivers for signs of impairment and also hand out literature education drivers on the laws regarding operating a vehicle under the influence. In addition, officers will be out on "saturation" patrol around the checkpoints to catch impaired drivers, Hermann said.
"It's not so much about making arrests -- It's about education," he said.
Participating agencies include the highway patrol, the Brimfield, Garrettsville, Hiram, Kent, Mantua, Ravenna and Windham police departments, the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, the Ohio Department of Transportation and MADD.
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