Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Western Loudoun County Sobriety Checkpoint

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint Saturday evening on Route 9 near Waterford.

The checkpoint was held in the area of Old Stage Place and saw 864 vehicles pass through. Eight vehicles were further screened. There were no arrests for DUI, two people were charged with drug related offenses and 20 motorists were charged with traffic-related violations. A majority of the traffic violations were for driving without a license.

The Sheriff’s Office currently conducts one checkpoint per month throughout the year and holds additional checkpoints during the holidays.

“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 designed the checkpoints to raise public awareness and to discourage impaired driving. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD assisted with the checkpoint.

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