Monday, March 10, 2008

Sobriety Checkpoint for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in an effort to crack down on impaired driving.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The sobriety checkpoint will be held in Eastern Loudoun County. Their enforcement efforts will continue on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, when the agency will conduct saturation patrols throughout the county.

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 compliance with the drinking and driving laws,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson. “If you drink and drive, we’re going to catch you,” Simpson warned.

The 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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