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THIS WEEKEND'S DUI CHECKPOINTS

Adam Lee Nemann
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Trial and Defense Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law at Capital University, founder of Nemann Law Offices

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

 

Columbus police plan to set up two sobriety checkpoints on the West Side this weekend -- one on Friday and the other on Saturday.

 

Police say they chose the locations because they are near intersections where the impaired-driving rate was higher than the five-year average (2009-13) of 4.2 percent for non-freeway crashes in the city.

 

Tonight's location on W. Broad Street at I-70 is to be staffed from 9 until 11 p.m. (Click each link for map view) The Saturday checkpoint is to be on Georgesville Road at Atlanta Drive from 1 until 3 a.m. 

 

Police say the intersection of W. Broad and Gift streets saw 10 crashes during the five-year period, of which 20 percent involved an impaired driver. Two other intersections within a half mile -- W. Broad and Central Avenue and W. Broad and Stevens Avenue -- had higher numbers of crashes (114 and 65) and impaired-driving rates of 4.39 percent and 7.69 percent, respectively.

 

The second checkpoint is within a half-mile of Sullivant Avenue, with a rate slightly higher than 8 percent, and 2 miles north of Parkwick Drive, where the impaired-driver rate was 3.33 percent of crashes in the past five years.

 

Officers will be looking for both drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers.

 

The division reminds people who intend to consume alcohol to plan for a designated driver.

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