WCSO fights drunk driving this holiday season

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.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

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Senator Warner urges action over automobile fatalities

Senator Mark Warner joined Senator Ed Markey and other Senate colleagues to urge Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to take action regarding the rising rates of motor vehicle fatalities.

The United States had the highest increase in traffic accidents since 2020.

Nearly half of fatal crashes are linked to speeding, impaired driving, or failure to wear a seat belt.

34% of fatalities are to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 42,915 deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2021.

Those numbers are up 10% since 2020 and 32% since 2011.

To read the letter sent to Secretary Buttigieg, click here.

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WCSO distracted driving campaign

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the U Drive, U Text, U Pay campaign.

From April 7-11, law enforcement officers will be highly visible in enforcing texting and distracted driving related laws.

Nationwide, distracted driving deaths reached over 26,000 between 2012-2019.

Some tips from the Sheriff’s office and NHTSA include pulling over safely if you need to send a text, assigning a “designated texter” on road trips, or utilizing phone features like “Do Not Disturb” mode.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

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WCSO strongly enforces speed limit

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to know it is strongly enforcing the posted speed limits.

Enforcement will take place in the county as well as surrounding towns.

This is in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Obey The Sign Or Pay The Fine campaign.

The enforcement will be particularly strong where speed related crashes are more prevalent.

This includes John Marshall Highway, Remount Road, Winchester Road and Stonewall Jackson Highway.

This is where most speed related crashes occur the most in the county.

In 2015 over 9,000 lives were lost in speed related fatal crashes nationally.

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