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MOUNT GILEAD --  The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday that OVI checkpoints will be conducted in Knox County on Friday evening.

The OVI checkpoints, funded by federal grant funds, are planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

“Based on provisional data, there were 367 OVI-related fatal crashes, in which 402 people were killed last year in Ohio,” said Lt. Gurjit Grewal, commander of the Mount Gilead Patrol Post.

“State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways," Grewal said.

The location of the checkpoints will be announced Friday morning.

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