Eight local DUI checkpoints are planned Friday and Saturday nights, according to the Cuyahoga County and Stark County DUI task forces. Additional communities will have stepped up DUI patrols.
In Solon a checkpoint Friday will serve as a memorial for DUI victim Rochelle Braziel. The checkpoint will be at state Route 91 and Pettibone Road. A media event will take place on the lawn of Fire Station 3 at 7:45 pm and will include remarks by Braziel's brother and children.
In Euclid, a checkpoint will be held in the 20600 block of Lakeland Boulevard Friday.
In Garfield Heights, a checkpoint will be held at Turney and Crofton roads Friday.
In Maple Heights a checkpoint will be held Friday on Lee Road south of Interstate 480.
In Canton one checkpoint will be Friday in the 3400 block of Middlebranch Avenue Northeast and another will be in the 2800 block of Easton Street Northeast.
On Saturday night one checkpoint will be held in Lakewood and another will be operated by the State Highway Patrol at a location that has not yet been announced.
The following departments will have stepped-up DUI patrols on Friday and Saturday: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, State Highway Patrol, Bedford, Berea, Bratenahl, Broadview Heights, Brook Park, Brooklyn Heights, Chagrin Falls, Euclid, Maple Heights, Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers, Garfield Heights, Middleburg Heights, Moreland Hills, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Oakwood, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Orange, Parma Heights, Seven Hills, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, Strongsville, Walton Hills, Warrensville Heights and Westlake.
According to the task force, each year in Cuyahoga County, an average of 23 people are killed and more than 700 are injured in impaired driving crashes. Forty-two percent of Cuyahoga County's motor vehicle crash deaths are alcohol related.
"There's simply no excuse for driving impaired," said Sgt. Jamey Hofmann of the Solon Police Department, speaking on behalf of the Cuyahoga County DUI Task Force. "If you make the selfish and irresponsible choice to get behind the wheel after drinking, you risk your own safety and that of everyone else on the road with you, you risk thousands of dollars in fines and court costs, and you risk a black mark on your record that can affect your future job prospects. If you're not smart enough to stop yourself, rest assured that we'll stop you."