RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With the long Labor Day weekend approaching, authorities are kicking their Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign into full gear.
"All agencies in the commonwealth of Virginia are gonna be doing accelerated, enhanced enforcement through saturated controls and DUI checkpoints to address and continue to the effort reduce death, injuries and property damage that are caused by people who drink and drive," said Richmond Police Lt. Robert Marland.
Officers here in Richmond are using checkpoints and other anti DUI measures to catch people driving drunk. They want everyone who gets behind the wheel to know one thing.
"If you drink and drive you will be caught. You will be arrested and you will be prosecuted. No one is above the law when it comes to drunk driving," said Lieutenant Colonel Robert Northern, Deputy Superintendent, Virginia State Police.
Last year despite a decrease in alcohol related fatalities more than 31,000 people were convicted of DUI in the state. For authorities that's more than 31,000 too many.
Wednesday night's checkpoint is just one of many to come. You can expect this type of DUI crackdown to continue through the year.