Friday, May 3, 2019

Sobriety Checkpoint is Part of Cinco de Mayo Weekend Enforcement

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to plan a designated driver or a safe way home if you choose to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with alcohol this weekend.

As part of the agency's enforcement efforts to crackdown on drinking and driving this weekend, a sobriety checkpoint will be held on Friday, May 3. Members of the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies will be out on patrol and will be on alert for impaired motorists. If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested. "Be responsible or risk a DUI," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "If you are going to celebrate this weekend with alcohol, designate a sober driver before your celebration begins."

Sheriff Chapman also reminded residents that the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer free Lyft rides from 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5 to 4 a.m. the following day, as part of the DC area SoberRide program. For more information on the program, please visit

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office urges residents to take the following steps to have a safe weekend:
  • Plan a designated driver or a safe way home ahead of time.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi or ride-hailing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Immediately report any impaired drivers you see on our roadways to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
  • Wear your seatbelt!

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