LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — DUI saturation patrols are coming to Loudoun County on Black Friday, the sheriff’s workplace introduced.
Authorities didn’t specify the place the checkpoints could be held within the county. Nevertheless, the sheriff’s workplace stated they’d deal with areas which have seen a excessive fee of DUI crashes and arrests previously.
“We’re dedicated to making sure the general public is protected whereas touring alongside our roadways and we wish to remind residents to make sensible selections, do not drink and drive,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman stated.
The Thanksgiving weekend generally is a harmful time on roadways all through Virginia. Final yr, there have been 12 visitors fatalities in the course of the five-day Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia, in accordance with Virginia State Police.
The Virginia Division of Motor Autos said that alcohol-related traffic fatalities have decreased by 37 per cent within the final 30 years. Nevertheless, statistics present that one in six folks might be concerned in alcohol-related crash of their lifetime.
In 2019, 264 of Virginia’s visitors fatalities have been associated to alcohol, in accordance with the DMV. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 32 per cent of visitors fatalities throughout the state.
Virginia’s drunken driving legal guidelines are among the many harshest within the nation, the DMV stated. If a driver is convicted for a primary DUI offense, the minimum punishment features a $250 fantastic and a revocation of the motive force’s license for one yr. A DUI conviction may require the set up of an ignition interlock machine.
Even combating a DUI conviction can show to be expensive. In accordance with the Virginia DMV, a DUI can price between $5,000 and $20,000.
Throughout the nation, 28 folks die in drunken driving crashes daily, in accordance with the DMV.
Assets can be found for people who find themselves battling dependancy. The Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Companies Administration operates a 24/7 hotline that may assist folks discover assets and get the assistance they want.