December 17, 2014

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OVI checkpoints honor victim of drunken driving

ELYRIA — Two OVI checkpoints Thursday night honored the victim of a drunken driving crash by aiming to prevent more tragedies.

Lorain resident Terri Martin was 52 when she was killed March 2, 2012, in a crash caused by an impaired driver, according to a release from the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition.

Law enforcement officers across the country are cracking down on impaired driving during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period, which runs through Sept. 1.

In 2013, 81 percent of fatal crashes involved a driver impaired by alcohol or drug use, an increase of 27 percent compared with 2012.

“Impaired driving kills, and it takes life from all involved,” said Olen Martin, Terri’s husband. “Terri was a wife, mother and nurse who loved boating and being on or near the water.”

The Elyria Police Department and the Ohio Highway Patrol Elyria Post held two OVI checkpoints Thursday night to honor Terri Martin. Police stopped 500 cars during the checkpoints, and made one OVI arrest and seven drug arrests.

“Every driver stopped received a card with a snapshot of Terri’s life,” said Lt. Travis Hughes, Elyria post commander. “Honoring a life lost during a checkpoint keeps it real for everyone, including drivers, passengers and officers. We’re humbled that Terri’s family allowed us to share her story.”

“Everyone can do something to stop impaired driving,” said Capt. Phil Hammonds of the Elyria Police Department. “Designate a driver before going out, or take the keys from a friend who is drunk or drugged.”