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OVI checkpoints scheduled for Friday night in Licking County

Law enforcement in Licking County will be holding two OVI checkpoints Friday night.
File photo (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

LICKING COUNTY -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Licking County Sheriff’s Office and the Pataskala Police Department will be holding two OVI checkpoints Friday night in Licking County.

The first checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on State Route 16, Broad Street near Cedar Street in Pataskala. The second checkpoint is scheduled from 10 p.m. through midnight on State Route 79 near Reinhart Drive in Heath.

The OVI checkpoint is done to deter motorists from driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a release.

OSHP is reminding drivers if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Why are the locations and times of a sobriety checkpoint released?

Guidelines issued by the NHTSA instruct law enforcement to “aggressively” publicize the locations.

The goal, according to the NHTSA, is to not only to deter impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, but also to assure the protection of constitutional rights for both police and the public.