Friday, December 28, 2007

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Cracks Down on DUI

A combined sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol in Ashburn last weekend saw five motorists arrested for driving under the influence.

The checkpoint was held December 21 on Ashburn Village Boulevard at Rainsboro Drive. A total of 266 cars passed through the checkpoint with eight drivers further screened. Five motorists were charged with DUI, one juvenile was charged with possession of suspected marijuana, and one person was charged with driving on a suspended license.

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. 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 compliance with the drinking and driving laws,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson. We will continue to raise public awareness until drivers get the message not to drink and drive,” Simpson added.

The Loudoun 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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