Drunk-driving checkpoints scheduled throughout Miami Valley for St. Patrick’s Day

MIAMI VALLEY — Law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk-driving for Saint Patrick’s Day.

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The Montgomery and Butler County Sheriff’s Offices will be setting up Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OVI) checkpoints starting March 17, sometime in the afternoon, and going until later that evening or possibly overnight the next day.

Local agencies are attempting to reduce the potential risk on the roads during the holiday—a holiday considered one of the deadliest times of the year due to drunk-driving crashes, according to a AAA spokesperson.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reiterated the potential dangers by pointing to their survey.

In 2022, 586 of 12,022 crashes involved an impaired driver, which caused 38 deadly crashes and 44 deaths. This compared to 26 deadly crashes, making up the other 27 deaths, that did not involve a drunk driver.

Their survey showed that 59 percent or more than half of the deadly crashes involved an impaired driver.

The agencies provided the locations where drivers could expect a checkpoint:

Butler County

  • Intersection of Cincinnati-Dayton Road and Lefferson Road from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m

Montgomery County

  • SR 725 near Paragon Road from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

If you see a suspected drunk driver, you are encouraged to call 911 or #677.

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