Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over
This holiday season, area law enforcement will be out in force cracking down on drunk and drugged drivers throughout the Roanoke Valley with saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day state and local law enforcement will be targeting impaired drivers to help keep our roads safe for holiday travelers.
The Roanoke County Police Deparment is giving fair warning to partygoers. “You’ll see law enforcement making lots of traffic stops and conducting sobriety checkpoints during this highly visible enforcement period. We will show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving,” said Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason.
Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can sometimes lead to terrible decisions– and serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season can be a dangerous time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk driving related crashes. During 2012, there were 8,777 alcohol related crashes in Virginia– 1,506 occurring between November and December.
From 2010-2012 there were 779 alcohol related crashes reported in the Roanoke Valley (Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Town of Vinton, and Salem City) resulting in 14 deaths and 421 injuries.
“During the holidays we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers to visit friends and family,” said Mason. If you chose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested.”
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Submitted by Sergeant W. J. Matze