HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN)- Since the start of 2018, police have arrested 38 drivers for OVI on a portion of Main Street in Harrison Township. In 2017, law enforcement made more 100 OVI arrests.
The area surrounding Julia Avenue is also where, in March, deputies said an intoxicated father caused a nearly fatal accident while his children were in the vehicle. He struck a vehicle then an RTA bus. That bus then hit two other cars.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office set up an OVI checkpoint on the 4600 block of Main Street Tuesday night ahead of the holiday. They hoped to stop drunk drivers from going any further.
Francisca Flores, who works in the area said the effort made her feel safer.
“It does, especially in this area, especially at night because we don’t close until 8 p.m. so I’m just leaving when it starts to get dark,” she said.
Law enforcement efforts did not stop there. In Miami County, the sheriff’s office is increasing patrols for the holiday.
“We’re looking for the impaired drivers, any type of driving that we would consider crash causing and enforcing seatbelt violations,” Lieutenant Mike Whaley with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
With a weekend on both ends of this holiday, deputies are putting in a lot of overtime to keep things safe.
“July 4th is statistically one of the deadliest holidays in the nation so we want to kind of crack down on that,” Whaley said.
Lt. Whaley said anyone celebrating the Fourth of July with alcohol needs to make sure they’re planning ahead especially with police out in full force.