Winchester police join nationwide Drive Sober campaign
22 August 2016 News
WINCHESTER – Winchester residents can expect to see increased patrols and DUI checkpoints over the next two weeks during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Impaired driving prevention is the focus of the mobilizations, which runs August 19 to September 5, 2016.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia are taking part, including DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program. They’re teaming up to provide education and outreach efforts about the dangers of impaired driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 16 people died in traffic crashes on the Commonwealth’s roadways during the four-day Labor Day holiday last year. Virginia had 241 alcohol-related fatalities and 4,917 alcohol-related injuries in 2015.
“Decreasing overall traffic deaths starts with preventing drunk driving,” said Jennifer Hall, Community Relations and Crime Prevention Specialist. “We want to encourage everyone to make a plan before holiday celebrations begin. Please designate a sober driver. It’s a move that could save a life.”
Winchester Police have this advice for those who may drink and drive, and all motorists on the roadways:
- Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even if a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the legal limit (0.08 percent in Virginia), their ability to drive a car safely may still be impaired. As little as one drink on an empty stomach can impair your ability to drive safely.
- Use a designated driver, call a cab or a friend, or use public transportation.
- Always buckle up. Seat belts are the most effective traffic safety device for preventing death during a crash, and seatbelts are the best defense against impaired drivers.