Ohio State Highway Patrol car

MOUNT VERNON – The Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Mount Vernon Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, conducted two OVI checkpoints on Friday, August 16, 2019.

The first was located on State Route 13/South Main Street, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the second on US Route 36/Coshocton Avenue from 11:15 p.m. to 12:05 a.m.

The OVI checkpoints were funded with federal grants, to both deter and intercept impaired drivers and to raise public awareness of the continued problem of impaired driving on our streets and highways. Saturation patrols were also deployed in the surrounding areas to combat alcohol and drug related fatal and serious injury crashes.

Troopers, officers, and deputies checked 478 vehicles during the course of the two checkpoints. Four vehicles were diverted to check for possible alcohol impairment. There was one OVI arrest made during the checkpoint operations. The saturation patrols resulted in two OVI arrests, one involving alcohol impairment and one involving drug impairment.

“The accomplishments of the checkpoints are a direct reflection of the level of commitment and cooperation between our agencies to keep the roadways of Knox County safe,” said Lieutenant Grewal, Mount Gilead Post Commander. “If you are going to drink, designate a driver or make other transportation arrangements to avoid a senseless tragedy. The life you save could be yours or someone else’s loved one.”

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