SIDNEY – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the results from an OVI Checkpoint conducted in conjunction with the Sidney Police Department Friday night on Russell Road between Fourth Avenue and St. Marys Ave.
A total of 238 vehicles were checked driving through the checkpoint between 9 and 11 p.m. Friday. No drivers were diverted from the checkpoint and checked for impairment.
In addition to the checkpoint, troopers and officers from the Sidney Police Department were conducting saturation patrol in the area from 9 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday. As a result of the effort, 54 traffic contacts were made. One arrest was for operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), one for driving under a suspended license, three for traffic violations and one for safety belt usage. Forty-eight warning were issued for various traffic and vehicle equipment infractions.
“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, post commander. “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.”