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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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On April 16th at approximately 1:30 am, a K-9 deputy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a traffic stop for speeding at the Battlefield ramp in Leesburg off of Route 7 West.
While writing the driver a summons, another vehicle crashed into the police vehicle with the deputy and canine inside.
The deputy was able to follow the driver who initially fled the scene at reckless speeds before eventually stopping.
The driver, Robert Charles Neumister, 40, of Stephenson, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested and charged with Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, Eluding, and Narcotics possession.
He was taken to Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, where he is held without bond.
The officer and K-9 were unharmed in the incident.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles wants to remind residents to have a game plan to get home safely after this year’s Super Bowl.
Last year in Virginia, 245 people died from alcohol-related crashes.
36 alcohol-related accidents resulted in 15 injuries and two deaths on the day of the big game last year.
Some tips from the DMV include planning your ride home beforehand, downloading a ride sharing app or gathering a list of local cab companies, and preparing for any weather or travel advisories.
Warren County Sheriff’s Office along with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are preparing for the holiday season’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Driver’s will notice an increased presence starting December 16th through New Year’s Day.
Over 11,000 people died in accidents involving an impaired driver in 2020 which comes out to one person every 45 minutes.
The initiative hopes to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal but a matter of life and death.
Other outcomes of drunk driving can include the loss of your drivers license and vehicle, up to $10000 in attorney fees as well as fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.
Remember to use a ride sharing service, taxi, or sober friend to get home and if you have a friend about to drive drunk, take their keys and help them find a way home.
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September marked the beginning of Virginia’s 2022 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over driving under the influence enforcement and public education campaign.
The campaign will begin over Labor Day weekend and resume throughout the winter holiday season.
Through Labor Day, 92 Virginia law agencies will conduct 383 individual saturation patrols and 31 checkpoints as part of the program.
In 2021, 26% of traffic fatalities involved drunk driving.
Since the beginning of the program in 2001, the state has seen a 40% decrease in alcohol related crashes and a 31% decrease in fatalities while injuries have nearly halved.