Hamilton, Butler County authorities to patrol sobriety checkpoints Friday night

Officials say fatal OVI-related crashes decreasing

CINCINNATI – Authorities in Hamilton and Butler counties will patrol multiple sobriety checkpoints Friday evening in an effort to reduce alcohol-related crashes and deaths.

The Hamilton County OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) Task Force will operate two checkpoints – one in Cincinnati and the other in Springdale.

Hamilton County officials say the amount of fatal alcohol-related crashes are dropping in the county. There were 25 in 2012 and 15 in 2013.

The checkpoint in Cincinnati will be in the 2000 block of Harrison Avenue between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Since Jan. 31, 2013, authorities said there have been 31 drunken driving crashes in that area – including two that resulted in serious injuries and another that ended in death.

Cincinnati police arrested 57 drivers on drunken driving charges during the same period, officials said.

Friday's checkpoint in Springdale will be in the 11700 block of Springfield Pike (SR 4) from 11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Between Sept. 1, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2014, 32 drivers were arrested on drunken driving charges in this area.

When the Hamilton County OVI Task Force conducted checkpoints at this location in April 2013, they made six arrests. During a checkpoint there in August 2013, they made three arrests.

The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on SR 129 (near F Street) in Hamilton from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.

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