Local law enforcement ramp up efforts against drunk driving

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

Law Enforcement from around the Commonwealth are ramping up their efforts to stop drunk driving this holiday season.

Earlier this week, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office reminded drivers that buzzed driving is drunk driving.

They also shared data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that showed alcohol impaired drivers contributed to 13,384 fatalities in 2021.

On average, one person killed by drunk driving every 39 minutes.

Virginia State Police collaborated with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a DUI checkpoint on Wednesday night which resulted in 26 issued summons.

They were for various other violations like driving without a license or expired inspections, but showed the State Police has already begun their efforts to deter impaired driving this holiday season.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office provided some tips and reminders for safe travel this holiday season including to plan ahead if you know you will be drinking, designate a sober driver, or utilize a taxi or ride sharing option.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.

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You booze & cruise, you lose

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles would like to remind you this weekend if you booze and cruise, you lose.

If you are heading out to celebrate Halloween, remember to plan ahead for a safe and sober ride home.

Buzzed driving is drunk driving.

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