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Solon conducts sobriety checkpoint Sept. 16

Police say checkpoints an effective tool in combating impaired driving

From Staff Reports Published: September 13, 2016 12:57 PM

Solon -- The Solon Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Sept. 16 in Solon.°

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

"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 have been drinking not to get behind the wheel in the first place," says one Solon oiffcer.

The Solon Police Department combines sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. At sobriety checkpoints, 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.°Together, the two approaches allow police to blanket areas with high crash histories and raise the odds that impaired drivers will be caught.°

Solon Police Department is a member of the Cuyahoga County Law Enforcement Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional coalition of 45 law enforcement agencies throughout the county that work together to make roadways safer.

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