Once again this holiday season Prince William County police are participating in Virginia’s Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign in the hopes of getting drunk drivers off the road, reports the Manassas Patch.
Checkpoint Strikeforce is a multistate initiative that is researched-based and utilizes road checkpoints and patrols in an effort to catch inebriated drivers during high-risk times of the year like the holiday season. This year’s theme, running through Jan. 1, 2014, is “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Prince William County police are doing their part by continuing to conduct targeted DUI enforcement on county roads, as well placing sobriety checkpoints throughout the county every week. The campaign also includes public education about the consequences and dangers related to driving intoxication.
Police have two main goals: 1) to detect and deter impaired driving, and 2) to inform the public of the dangers of driving drunk, as well as the penalty for such an offense. They encourage residents to designate a sober driver before holiday partying begins, or to find an alternative form of transportation like SoberRide or a taxi cab to get home.
In 2012, drunk driving accounted for almost 30 percent of Virginia’s total traffic fatalities, wherein 229 people lost their lives in alcohol-related accidents. Progress has been made, however, as drunk driving deaths have declined by 35 percent over the past five years, from 2008 through 2012.
The drunk driving accident lawyers at Parrish Law Firm wishes you a safe holiday season, and reminds you never to drink and drive. Get home alive by choosing a sober way home.
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