Law enforcement ramps up checkpoints, patrols to combat drunk driving on New Year’s Eve

Law enforcement ramps up checkpoints, patrols to combat drunk driving on New Year’s Eve
In 2018, 278 people lost their lives on Virginia roads as the result of drunk driving. (Source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Law enforcement all across Virginia are ramping up patrols and checkpoints to help combat drunk drivers on the road.

There will be 90 Virginia law enforcement agencies operating 82 checkpoints and 730 saturation patrols this holiday season.

“We want everyone to enjoy their New Year’s celebrations, but it’s important that you do so without putting yourself or others in danger on our roadways,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “I urge all Virginians to designate a sober driver, call a friend, or take advantage of public transportation and taxi and ride share services. We also thank our law enforcement professionals for their hard work this holiday season—this effort is about reducing impaired driving and saving lives.”

In 2018, 278 people lost their lives on Virginia roads as the result of drunk driving.

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