Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over across Virginia

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.

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VSP’s report on the holiday weekend shows less traffic deaths

Virginia State Police (VSP) investigated a total of 778 traffic crashes during the Labor Day Holiday weekend spanning Fri. Sept. 3 through Mon. Sept. 6.

There was an encouraging reduction in traffic fatalities this year over last year.

This year there was a total of 8 traffic fatalities as compared to last year’s 20 traffic deaths.

VSP made 59 impaired driving arrest, stopped over 4,000 speeders with over 1500 people cited for reckless driving and over 400 people cited for violating seat belt laws.

Troopers responded to close to 1,000 disabled and stranded motorist over the holiday weekend.

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