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Solon to conduct sobriety checkpoint Aug. 5

From Staff Reports Published: August 3, 2016 12:00 AM

Solon -- The Solon Police Department will conduct an impaired driving checkpoint Aug. 5 to combat impaired driving.

The checkpoint is designed to detect impaired drivers before they can hurt themselves or someone else and to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving.

In 2015, Solon police say there were 12,526 alcohol-related crashes on Ohio roadways, resulting in 346 fatalities and 7,130 injuries.

"Because impaired driving accounts for so many of our region's traffic safety deaths, it is imperative that we find ways to keep impaired drivers off the roadways and to convince those who've been drinking not to get behind the wheel in the first place," says a Solon patrolman.

At sobriety checkpoints, law enforcement officers stop vehicles in a predetermined sequence (such as every third car) to evaluate drivers for indications of alcohol or drug impairment. Saturation patrols involve increased enforcement targeting a specific geographic area to identify and arrest impaired drivers, with officers looking for signs of impaired driving, like excessive speeding, weaving or driving left of center.

Together, the two approaches allow officers to blanket areas with high crash histories and raise the odds that impaired drivers will be caught.

The Solon Police Department reminds people to designate a driver; call a cab; stay at a home or hotel; or call a friend or family member to avoid driving.

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