Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to Crack Down on DUIs This Holiday Season

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is taking a tough stance on motorists driving under the influence this holiday season.

Each weekend in December the agency will hold saturation patrols to include a sobriety checkpoint on December 18 in Eastern Loudoun. A saturation patrol is when deputies concentrate on one area and pull over anyone suspected of driving under the influence.

The agency is sending a strong reminder to motorists to plan ahead when attending holiday parties and events. Loudoun County residents are advised to call a cab or use a designated driver if they will be drinking. Variable message boards will also be placed throughout the county reminding residents to obey traffic laws.

“The ultimate goal of the agency is to ensure that Loudoun’s roadways 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.

On December 4, deputies took to the streets in the first of a series of saturation patrols and removed two inebriated drivers from county roadways. Seventeen motorists were charged with speeding, one charged for disregarding a red light, and three others were charged with traffic related citations.

The cost of the enforcement plan is offset using funds from a state grant targeting aggressive driving.

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