Columbus Police conducting sobriety checkpoints in Franklinton and west Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Columbus Division of Police officers will be out Friday conducting sobriety checkpoints.

The first will be operated on Sullivant Ave. at Hilltonia Ave. near the Franklinton area, and the second will be operated on Hilliard Rome Rd. at Nike Dr. in far west Columbus.

The first checkpoint is scheduled to operate on Friday, May 6 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The second checkpoint is scheduled to operate on Saturday, May 7 between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Police say that during a five-year period between 2011 and 2015, 4.6 percent of the non-freeway crashes reported to Columbus Police involved an impaired driver.

“The locations for each sobriety checkpoint demonstrate a clear statistical need to raise public awareness of the impaired-driver problem,” said Columbus Police Traffic Bureau Sergeant Michael Smith.

The first location, Sullivant Ave. at Hilltonia Ave. near Franklinton, was selected because five intersections along a three-mile portion of Sullivant Ave. have impaired driving crash rates as high as 10 percent.

The second location, Hilliard Rome Rd. at Reebok Dr. in far west Columbus, was selected because six intersections along a two-mile portion of Hilliard Rome Rd. have impaired driving crash rates as high as 16 percent.

“These are major arterial roadways with freeway access through both residential and business districts, and are coupled with significant rates of impaired driving crashes,” Smith noted.

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