Friday, December 21, 2007

Getting Drunk Drivers Off the Road

In an effort to ensure a safe and happy holiday season the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has stepped-up patrols to get drunk drivers off the road.

The Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday evening in Eastern Loudoun. The Sheriff's Office already conducted a checkpoint at the beginning of the month in conjunction with the Purcellville Police Department.

Since the first weekend of December the Sheriff's Office has conducted saturation patrols every weekend. The concentrated patrols will continue throughout the remainder of the year. Deputies conducting a saturation patrol concentrate DUI enforcement in one geographic area and stop any driver suspected of driving under the influence or for any motor vehicle violation. "Our ultimate goal is to ensure the roads are safe for all motorists by achieving voluntary ompliance with the drinking and driving laws," said Loudoun Sheriff Steve Simpson. We will continue to raise public awareness until drivers get the message not to drink and drive," Simpson added.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office currently conducts one checkpoint per month throughout the year and holds additional checkpoints during the holidays. The Sheriff's Office designed the checkpoints to raise public awareness and to discourage impaired driving.

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