Troopers report Union County sobriety checkpoint successful

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MARYSVILLE — Troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol report the Union County sobriety checkpoint conducted Saturday evening was a success, with one driver charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia out of the 191 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint area.

In addition, law enforcement patrolling around the checkpoint area of Industrial Parkway near Scottslawn Road in Marysville made two arrests for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, troopers report.

The checkpoint was a combined effort with the Marysvile Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office, along with the assistance from the Union County Ohio Department of Transportation Office and the Union County Emergency Management Agency.

Statistics from the past three years indicate there have been a total of 18 crashes involving impaired drivers within a three-mile radius of the checkpoint area. Of those crashes, one was an alcohol related fatal crash and 10 were injury crashes.

Multi-agency sobriety checkpoints illustrate law enforcement’s united front in deterring and combatting impaired driving, with awareness and education as the first line of defense. Union County law enforcement agencies remind motorists to buckle up and do not drink and drive.