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Columbus and county law enforcement combine for rare joint checkpoint

 
Columbus and county law enforcement combine for rare joint checkpoint
Posted August 22nd, 2014 @ 11:41am by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --The Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County DUI Task Force will be conducting a rare joint checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning along Refugee Road near South Hamilton Rd.

Columbus Police will check drivers headed one way, while the Task Force will be doing random checks on drivers headed the other.

Columbus Police Traffic Bureau Sergeant Michael Smith says in addition to the checkpoints, saturation patrols will be used in the adjacent area, mobile breath-testing vehicles will be available to reduce arrest processing time, and a “No-Refusal” period will be in effect.

Those who are arrested for impaired driving and refuse to provide a chemical test as required by law will be forced to give a blood sample under judicial order from the Franklin County Municipal Court.

The frequency of test refusals is increasing around the nation. A 2008 report to Congress from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed refusal rates ranged nationwide from 2.4 percent to 81 percent, with an average refusal rate of 22.4 percent.

Locally, the refusal rate is estimated between 30-40 percent.

The checkpoint is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. Friday and run through 3 a.m. Saturday.

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