Officers will conduct the roadside check of drivers to check for alcohol and drug impairment, according to officer Bryan Tyler

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OLMSTED TOWNSHIP -- Olmsted Township police have announced they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint Saturday.

Officers will conduct the roadside check of drivers to check for alcohol and drug impairment, according to officer Bryan Tyler.

The location and time of the checkpoint will be announced Friday.

"We want to discourage potential drinking drivers. That is our ultimate goal; however, the checkpoint is designed to remove impaired drivers from the road and that is what we intend to do," said Tyler. "We hope this high-profile enforcement effort will raise awareness and ultimately deter impaired driving. The crackdown campaign runs through the weekend, and Olmsted Township officers will be out in full force to help get impaired drivers off local roadways."

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher is illegal in all 50 states. Yet in 2009 alone, 10,839 people were killed in U.S. motor-vehicle crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of 0.08 or higher, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"It's clear that too many people still don't understand that impaired driving is no accident -- nor is it a victimless crime," said Tyler, "so our message to motorists is simple and unwavering: If you get caught driving while impaired, you will be arrested -- no exceptions."

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