Virginia state police conduct Operation Diss-rupt

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

This weekend, the Virginia State Police Culpeper Divisions, will be conducting Operation DISS-rupt on all 76 miles of I-66.

This traffic enforcement and educational program will focus on distracted driving, impaired driving, the use of seat belts, and proper speed.

Superbowl weekend is the perfect time to tackle these bad habits.

Preliminary data shows that 839 persons died in Virginia traffic accidents for 2023.

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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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Holiday weekend traffic enforcement initiatives

Virginia State Police are reminding travelers this holiday weekend to avoid distractions, slow down, and buckle up.

Starting Friday afternoon, VSP is participating in the national Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort to reduce crashes, fatalities, and injuries due to impaired driving or failing to wear a seat belt.

This initiative also falls in line with the annual “Click it or ticket” campaign which started May 24th and continues through the holiday weekend.

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