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Authorities to launch 'OVI Saturation Patrol' on Thanksgiving Eve in Medina County

The initiative will run from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 4 a.m. Thursday.

MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, authorities in Medina County have announced an “OVI Saturation Patrol” that will take place Wednesday night in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways while targeting crash-causing violations.

The increased law enforcement effort will be focused on I-71, Route 303 and US 42 in and around the city of Brunswick starting Thanksgiving Eve at 8 p.m. and continuing through the overnight hours until 4 a.m.

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“So far in 2021, five lives have been lost in Medina County due to automobile accidents involving an impaired driver,” said Lt. Mark Neff, Commander of the Medina Post. “We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own. We need everyone’s commitment to make our roads safe,” said Lt. Mark Neff.

Those involved in the increased enforcement include the Medina County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Brunswick Police Department.

“If you drink, be responsible and don’t drive,” authorities said in a press release. “Use a designated driver, a cab, or an Uber to get you to your destination safely.”

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