Police prepare OVI checkpoints, ride programs for St. Patrick's Day

CLEVELAND - Local police departments are preparing for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities that will take place Thursday in downtown Cleveland and around local suburbs. Several communities will have OVI checkpoints, and some are offering ride programs.

Authorities in Cleveland, Canton Township and North Olmsted have all announced plans to run OVI checkpoints throughout the day and into the evening to discourage impaired driving.

Locations of the checkpoints are starting to come in:

* Cleveland Police: Huron Road and West 3rd Street, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
* Olmsted Falls: 7370 Columbia Road, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In Parma, the police department is encouraging people to take part in the “Safe Ride Home” campaign, which will provide free taxi rides home to patrons of participating Parma establishments. The city said that ABC Taxi will dedicate 10 cabs to the Parma area for Thursday and they will take people home within a 10-mile radius.

To take advantage of the ride, people in Parma can ask bartenders if the establishment participates in the program, or call 216-651-7777. The cost to run the program comes from the Parma Police Department’s OVI Education and Awareness Fund, which is funded by previous OVI offenders



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