New numbers on alcohol related accidents

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some encouraging news tonight on Virginia's fight against drunk drivers.

The latest numbers from DMV and Richmond Police both show - alcohol related crashes, fatalities, and injures are down.

This news comes just as MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, gears up for a big fundraiser in Henrico Saturday. They say while the numbers are down, their fight to keep drunk people off the road, is far from over.

"The reality is if someone is willing to drive a boat impaired, they're probably gonna drive a car impaired at some point too," said Chris Konschak of MADD.

In Richmond, police alone have made 41 fewer alcohol related arrests this year - compared to the same time last year.

And across Virginia, numbers show, crashes, fatalities, and injuries, are down. Konschak says stiffer laws, and more high profile checkpoints are helping.

"Certainly we're making steps in the right direction bringing the numbers down but we still have a lot of people dying on the roads," said Konschak.

MADD is making last minute preps for its annual Walk Like MADD 5K walk, Saturday.

The 5K walk will be at Dorey Park in Henrico at 9 a.m. Saturday. It's $15 to $20 to participate.

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