Columbus PD schedules DUI checkpoint to honor fallen officer killed by drunk driver

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The Columbus Division of Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on S. Hamilton Rd. between Kingsland Ave. and Groves Rd. this evening. The diversion area for the checkpoint will be located at 2280 S. Hamilton Rd.

“This operation will honor fallen Columbus Police Officer Melissa Foster, who was killed in the line-of-duty by an impaired driver,” said Columbus Police Traffic Bureau Sgt. Michael Smith.

Foster was the 51st Columbus Police officer killed in the line-of-duty on December 4, 2004, when her cruiser was struck by an oncoming motorist as she was driving on Gender Road.

“This checkpoint is located where Officer Foster previously worked and within days of what would have been her 47th birthday,” Smith said.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Foster was one of the 492 fatalities reported statewide that year as an alcohol-related traffic crash.

Current statistics indicate there is still an impaired-driving problem, police said. 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 checkpoint is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday, May 27 and will continue until approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Sobriety checkpoints are legal in Ohio as long as public notice is given that the checkpoint will be established.

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