PORT CLINTON, OH (WTOL) - The Ohio State Patrol initiated an OVI checkpoint on SR 163 in Port Clinton on Friday, leading to one OVI arrest.
During the two hour operation, 639 cars passed through the checkpoint.
Ten motorists were diverted for additional investigation. One motorist passing through the checkpoint was found to have an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Another motorist was arrested for OVI outside the checkpoint by area saturation patrols.
Drivers were delayed approximately 20 seconds while officers conversed with the motorists.
"I would like to personally thank those motorists who designated a sober driver or made other travel arrangements after consuming alcohol. We hope this trend continues so that no more lives are lost through the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel while impaired," said Lieutenant B. W. Gockstetter, Sandusky Post Commander.
Statistical data shows that there were 59 OVI-related crashes within three miles of the checkpoint in the last three years.
The State Highway Patrol also made 305 OVI arrests in this same time period within three miles of the OVI checkpoint.
An analysis of local alcohol-related crashes has showed that Ottawa County was an area of concern to the officers assigned to the Sandusky Post of Ohio State Highway Patrol, Port Clinton Police Department, and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.
Port Clinton Police Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office also supplied officers, working side by side with OSHP officers, in cooperation for safety of motorists traveling throughout the area.