GALLIPOLIS — Two arrests were made and a total of 564 vehicles were contacted as a result of a sobriety checkpoint conducted this past weekend by the Gallipolis Police Department in conjunction with the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
On Saturday, July 19, a checkpoint was conducted on Upper River Road within the city of Gallipolis. According to Lt. Matt Champlin of the Gallipolis Police Department, the collaborative effort was performed to promote traffic safety by detecting drivers impaired by both drugs and alcohol.
The two OVI arrests were made against individuals who were operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and several other enforcement actions were taken by the officers during the checkpoint.
“These types of operations are conducted by our agencies to ensure the safety of the motoring public as they travel throughout our area. Drug-impaired driving is an increasing problem in our area and throughout the country,” Champlin said. “Our agencies take a zero tolerance stance on the enforcement of this very serious and dangerous crime. These types of enforcement activities are proof of this stance.”
Champlin further thanked those motorists who came through the checkpoint on Saturday for their patience and continued support of his agency.
“We would like to thank everyone who came through the checkpoint for their time, patience and support of our efforts,” he said.