Roanoke Valley is home to Virginia's first DUI task force

By Angela Hatcher - Reporter

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The Roanoke Valley is now home to Virginia's only regional DUI task force.

A Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Project grant is paying for S.O.A.R., which stands for Sober on All Roads.

Police chiefs from Roanoke, Roanoke County, Salem and Vinton announced the task force on Friday morning at a news conference on Mill Mountain beside the Roanoke Star.

Select officers from those departments will work designated shifts, focusing on spotting and arresting impaired drivers.

"You'll see Salem officers in Roanoke City. You'll see Roanoke County officers in Salem. You'll see the Vinton officers in Roanoke County, in Salem," said Ofc. Philip Womack, a task force member from the Salem Police Department. "We're going to be working all over the region. So if you see a Salem car in Roanoke City, don't be surprised because it's probably me with the task force."

Major routes Interstate 81, Interstate 581, U.S.11, U.S. 221, U.S. 460 and State Route 419 are targeted enforcement areas.

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