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An Ohio State Highway Patrol sobriety checkpoint was setup on Wapakoneta Avenue near its intersection with Robinwood Street on Friday, Aug. 16. Officers were handing out pamphlets that had information on the dangers impaired drivers pose in Ohio.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol sobriety checkpoint was setup on Wapakoneta Avenue near its intersection with Robinwood Street on Friday, Aug. 16. Officers were handing out pamphlets that had information on the dangers impaired drivers pose in Ohio.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

PIQUA – No arrests were made at the two OVI checkpoints in Sidney Friday night.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the results from the checkpoints conducted in conjunction with the Sidney Police Department on Wapakoneta Avenue and on state Route 47.

A total of 366 vehicles were checked driving through the checkpoint on Wapakoneta Avenue between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday. There were no arrests made for OVI during the checkpoint. A total of 253 vehicles were checked driving through the checkpoint on state Route 47 between 9 and 11 p.m. Friday. There were no arrests made for OVI during the checkpoint.

In addition to the checkpoint, troopers and officers from the Sidney Police Department were conducting saturation patrol in the area from 6 p.m. Friday night until 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. Eighteen traffic contacts were made during this time frame with citations issued for several traffic violations. No arrests were made for impaired driving.

“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.”

An Ohio State Highway Patrol sobriety checkpoint was setup on Wapakoneta Avenue near its intersection with Robinwood Street on Friday, Aug. 16. Officers were handing out pamphlets that had information on the dangers impaired drivers pose in Ohio.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/08/web1_SDN082019Checkpoint-1.jpgAn Ohio State Highway Patrol sobriety checkpoint was setup on Wapakoneta Avenue near its intersection with Robinwood Street on Friday, Aug. 16. Officers were handing out pamphlets that had information on the dangers impaired drivers pose in Ohio. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News