Police across Virginia cracking down on New Year’s Eve drunk driving

‘Plan ahead. Plan your exit strategy before you go out.’

VIRGINIA – Police across Virginia are cracking down to stop drunk driving this New Year’s Eve.

For the 19th annual year, the Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign has kicked off over the holiday season.

Police have had over 700 patrols across the state, specifically looking for impaired drivers. There have also been 100 sobriety checkpoints.

In Roanoke, there are 103 patrols and eight different checkpoints.

Even though bars are closed this year, drinking at a friend’s house can still be dangerous if you don’t have a safe ride home.

“Plan ahead. Plan your exit strategy before you go out. And that includes spending the night somewhere. Avoid driving altogether and simply spending the night wherever you’re going to ring in the new year,” said Kurt Erickson from the campaign.

If you’re not drinking, you can still help prevent drunk driving injuries by wearing your seat belt and by keeping a lookout for drunk drivers.

If you’re on the road and you see someone who you think might be driving under the influence, you can just call #77.

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