Tragically, this year is proving to be a deadly one for Virginia’s highways.
A sobering trend is developing in Virginia as travelers take to the highway for a busy Labor Day weekend.
McAuliffe emphasized that those who drive drunk will be caught and prosecuted.
In the last six years, Virginia has averaged 11 traffic-related deaths a year over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Penalties for driving under the influence include mandatory ignition interlock installation on vehicle, fines up to $2,500, license suspension up to one year, and jail sentences also up to one year, the governor’s office said.
Estimates project that almost 1 million Virginians will be traveling the roadways on Labor Day holiday weekend.
Started in 2002, Virginia’s Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign is part of a research-based multi-state, zero-tolerance initiative created to get impaired drivers off the roads using checkpoints and patrols along with education about the dangers and consequences of driving while intoxicated. In addition to investigating 707 total traffic crashes during the 2016 holiday weekend, State Police stopped 8,676 speeders and 2,772 reckless drivers. Virginia State Police’s participation in the program throughout the Commonwealth began Friday morning, Sep.
“Under the unifying Checkpoint Strikeforce banner, state police and our local law enforcement partners across Virginia will be deploying high visibility enforcement efforts to identify and apprehend impaired drivers”, said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb.
Virginia State Police are raising concerns about a spike in traffic deaths.
State police, local police departments and sheriff’s offices, as well as the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and the Virginia-based Washington Regional Alcohol Program, are working together on two annual campaigns aimed at lowering risky-driving behaviors: the Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign and Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.).
“Saving a life happens when you buckle up, don’t drive distracted, share the road, and be responsible by never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs”, Flaherty said.
Fifteen people have died in traffic crashes on Virginia highways across the commonwealth in the past seven days.