Police across Virginia to target drunk driving over Labor Day weekend

Police across Virginia to target drunk driving over Labor Day weekend
The 18th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign will focus on combating alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities.

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The 18th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign is underway in Virginia as police focus on combating alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities.

Partners will travel across the Commonwealth during the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign to help save lives.

Officials with the campaign say Virginia had a 12% increase in alcohol-related deaths on the road last year as 278 were killed. Almost 4,500 people were injured.

Over Labor Day weekend last year, 14 people died, compared to five in 2017 and eight in 2016, according to Virginia State Police.

“Safety on our highways is important every day, but even more so during a heavily-traveled holiday weekend,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “Those traveling around and through Virginia this Labor Day weekend can expect to see more state troopers conducting stationary and roving patrols. We have all available uniformed personnel working through the holiday to help enhance the safety of our highways and decrease the risk of traffic crashes, deaths and injuries.”

State police are participating in a nation wide program called Operation CARE (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort), as well as Checkpoint Strikeforce.

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