TWO EASTSIDE CHECKPOINTS TONIGHT
Posted on Aug 21, 2015
Columbus police will be looking for impaired drivers at two East Side locations tonight and early Saturday.
Two more just added:
- Alum Creek Drive just south of Williams Road in the village of Obetz from 8 until 10 p.m. (Map view)
- Frank Road just east of Harrisburg Pike in Franklin Township from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. (Map view)
Impaired driving was a factor in up to 15 percent of reported traffic crashes along a 3-mile stretch of E. Livingston between S. Hamilton Road and Barnett Road in the years 2010 to 2014, according to a Police Division news release.
“This is a high-traffic area with close freeway access through both residential and business districts coupled with significant rates of impaired-driving crashes,” police Traffic Bureau Sgt. Michael Smith said in the news release.
Officers trained to recognize drivers who are impaired by drugs will be assigned to both checkpoints. And people who will be consuming alcohol are reminded to plan for a designated driver who is not drinking, police said.
“Sobriety checkpoints serve as continual reminders to drink responsibly,” Smith said.
The checkpoints are part of a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that law-enforcement agencies are running through Labor Day on Sept. 7. It’s part of an effort being promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.