Town safety: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

 

The Culpeper Police Department‘s goal is to end drunk driving. Virginia’s law enforcement will be out in full force during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, and the local Checkpoint Strikeforce mobilization, which runs from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, 2016. Impaired driving prevention is the focus of the mobilizations, which are held in advance of and include the Labor Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

In combination with increased enforcement, law enforcement agencies, DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, along with other traffic safety advocates across the Commonwealth, are teaming up to provide education and outreach efforts

about the dangers of impaired driving to Virginians.

Sixteen people died in traffic crashes on the Commonwealth’s roadways during the four-day Labor Day holiday last year. And in Virginia in 2015, there were 241 alcohol-related fatalities and 4,917 alcohol-related injuries. The 241 people killed in alcohol-related crashes in Virginia represent 32 percent of all traffic fatalities. As of Aug. 11, 2016 in Virginia, 86 fatalities, 2,657 injuries and 4,093 crashes were alcohol-related.

“These facts gravely highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of impaired driving issues, especially surrounding the Labor Day holiday,” said Chief Chris Jenkins.

“Decreasing overall traffic deaths in Virginia starts with preventing drunk driving,” Chief Chris

Jenkins said. “We want to encourage everyone who plans on drinking to make a plan before the

party begins. Not doing something as simple as choosing a sober driver could result in severe

injury and even death. So, this August, and every day, remember: there is never an excuse to

drink and drive. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Chief Chris Jenkins offered advice for would-be drunk drivers and all motorists on the roadways:

-Always drive sober.

-Use a designated driver, call a cab or a friend, or use public transportation. Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

-Always buckle up. Seat belts are the most effective traffic safety device for preventing death during a crash, and belts are the best defense against impaired drivers.