OVI checkpoint cancelled for St. Patrick’s Day in Montgomery County

The suspect in the case was taken into custody on unrelated charges.
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The suspect in the case was taken into custody on unrelated charges.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m.:

In an effort to join the community in taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is cancelling the OVI checkpoint previously scheduled for March 17.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution based on current guidelines and recommendations established by public health, county, and state officials,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.

INITIAL REPORT:

The Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force and Sheriff's Office will carry out an OVI sobriety check point next week that will go hand in hand with St. Patrick's Day.

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In 2019, there were 13,129 traffic collisions in Montgomery County.

42 of these crashes were fatal, causing the death of 53 people.

Of these 42 crashes, 24 involved a driver who was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

These 24 crashes ended the lives of 30 people.

The goal of this OVI check point is to identify and remove impaired drivers from the roadway to prevent fatal crashes like these.