506 vehicles checked during OVI checkpoint


Sidney Police Officers stop cars at a sobriety checkpoint on Wapakoneta Avenue near its intersection with Parkwood Street shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, July 21. The Ohio State Highway patrol teamed up with the Sidney Police for the checkpoint. The checkpoint is being held to make people more aware of impaired driver problem in Ohio, and to help bring about a reduction in the number of alcohol-related and drug-related crashes.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

PIQUA – A total of 506 vehicles were checked driving through the Wapakoneta Avenue OVI checkpoint between 8 and 11 p.m. Friday. There were no arrests made for OVI during the checkpoint.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted the OVI checkpoint in conjunction with the Sidney Police Department

In addition to the checkpoint, troopers and officers from the Sidney Police Department were conducting saturation patrol in the area from 8 p.m. Friday night until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Thirty traffic contacts were made during this time frame however, no arrests were made for impaired driving. There was one arrest of an individual with an active warrant during the saturation patrols.

“At the end of the evening, our ultimate goal is just to educate motorists to do the right thing and make other arrangements if they are going to consume alcohol,” said Lt. Joseph Gebhart. “There is no place for impaired driving on our roadways and the public supports the efforts of these men and women out here tonight making their community safer.”

Sidney Police Officers stop cars at a sobriety checkpoint on Wapakoneta Avenue near its intersection with Parkwood Street shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, July 21. The Ohio State Highway patrol teamed up with the Sidney Police for the checkpoint. The checkpoint is being held to make people more aware of impaired driver problem in Ohio, and to help bring about a reduction in the number of alcohol-related and drug-related crashes.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_OVI-1.jpgSidney Police Officers stop cars at a sobriety checkpoint on Wapakoneta Avenue near its intersection with Parkwood Street shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, July 21. The Ohio State Highway patrol teamed up with the Sidney Police for the checkpoint. The checkpoint is being held to make people more aware of impaired driver problem in Ohio, and to help bring about a reduction in the number of alcohol-related and drug-related crashes. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News