Drivers on Cemetery Road will be systematically screened this holiday weekend, according to Hilliard police.

Drivers on Cemetery Road will be systematically screened this holiday weekend, according to Hilliard police.

Hilliard police Sgt. Ron Clark said the Franklin County DUI Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Aug. 29 on Cemetery Road at Lacon Road.

Task force coordinator Carl Booth said the task force is led by the Franklin County Sheriff's office, which works with different law enforcement agencies to get impaired drivers off the road.

Booth said the sheriff's office will work with Hilliard police during this weekend's checkpoint.

The task force will stop one vehicle for every 10 to 15 vehicles that pass by, depending on traffic, Clark said.

"We'll do a brief stop. We'll speak with the driver and once we find out ... they've had nothing to drink, they'll be on their way," Clark said.

He added that drivers with no violations will be stopped for about one minute.

Clark said officers will be looking for impaired drivers as well as license and equipment violations.

Booth said Cemetery Road was selected because it "has a very high number of alcohol related crashes and DUI arrests." He said the task force red-flags any city where more than 3 percent of reported crashes are alcohol-related.

Five percent of Hilliard crashes have been alcohol-related in the last five years, Booth said, and Cemetery Road "stood out" as a route used by drinking drivers.

Booth said this is the first time Hilliard has participated in a checkpoint. In other parts of the county, checkpoints have led to arrests for drunk driving, drugs and weapons.

Booth said the Ohio Department of Public Safety spends about $200,000 annually on the task force. The money is shared by agencies to reimburse overtime costs incurred during checkpoints.

Booth encourages anyone who plans to drink as part of their Labor Day weekend activities to make arrangements to have a designated driver or make another plan.