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FCSO prepares for operation Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announced their participation in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

By utilizing funds from Federal and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles highway safety grants the FCSO will be conducting checkpoints starting Dec. 30.

The activity is being conducted as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in part to help drivers rethink their decision to drive impaired.

The locations of the checkpoints will be moving to different areas of the county between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to prevent drivers from simply avoiding the checkpoint.

Every vehicle coming through a checkpoint is required to have a vehicle’s registration and inspection confirmed in what typically is less than a 5-minute period.

Summonses will be issued for expired tags, inspections, seatbelt violations, defective equipment or cellphone use or any other infractions that don’t necessarily involve impaired driving.

FCSO recommends drivers double check those compliance related items and obey established traffic laws to avoid citations.

The Code of Virginia states that any driver utilizing public highways who is requested to present their credentials by properly authorized Law Enforcement Officers shall do so.

These checkpoints do not violate a driver’s rights but are simply an effective way to ensure our roads remain safe.

Data shows that over 90 percent of those going through a checkpoint do so without a summons being issued.

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