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OVI checkpoint in Northwood promotes education and safety

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NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Lucas county law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drunk drivers. The Lucas County DUI Taskforce has a checkpoint in Northwood Friday June 6.

Police from Oregon, Northwood, and Walbridge were on the lookout for drunk drivers off Woodville Road in Northwood. They said that no cars were getting pulled over, just stopped. They asked to see drivers' licenses and if nothing was suspicious, the driver is free to be on their way. The stops are about 15 seconds on average and they are doing it to keep everyone safe.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said there were 247 alcohol related fatal crashes in 2013 that killed 300 people. They said all of those deaths were 100% avoidable.

"In the summer they drive faster, they fumble around in their cars, they have their windows open. They don't pay attention during the summer and this is when people do a lot of alcohol consumption, ball games and things like that," said Sergeant Tina Sigler, Northwood Police Department.

Officers say checkpoints are not only about prevention but about education. They are making sure that everyone stopped remembers why and to warn their families the dangers of driving drunk.

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