SUMMIT COUNTY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that it will operate an OVI checkpoint in Summit County Thursday evening.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Thursday morning.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant money, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. Based on provisional data, OSHP said, there were 379 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 405 people were killed last year in Ohio. State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.