Monday, June 3, 2013

Memorial Day sobriety checkpoint’s stopped twice the number of DUI drivers as last year

RPA[Roanoke, Virginia]— On Memorial Day weekend, the Roanoke Police Department, with the support of the Roanoke Prevention Alliance, implemented a Sobriety Checkpoint along Williamson Road to intercept anyone driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.  At a Sobriety Checkpoint law enforcement officers evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.  Use of Sobriety Checkpoints by law enforcement has shown reductions of 28% to 64% in drivers with BACs of .08 or higher and have also shown to be effective in reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes up to 19%.

Friday, May 24 to 25th, Roanoke Police Officers involved in the Sobriety Checkpoint stopped 443 vehicles and issued 44 summonses.  The number of arrests for DUI in Roanoke doubled over the same weekend from the previous year. The Roanoke Prevention Alliance is working with the Roanoke Police Department to increase enforcement of DUI laws in order to decrease the incidents of alcohol­–related motor vehicle crashes by 21 to 24 year olds in Roanoke.

According to NHTSA, on average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drunk drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations  of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08 g/dl.

But, impaired driving is no accident.  Rather, it is a violent crime that kills.  The Roanoke Prevention Alliance supports the criminal justice system to work overtime to arrest, prosecute and lock up drunk and drugged drivers.


To prevent these tragedies from occurring, Roanoke Prevention Alliance and Roanoke Police Department recommend the following steps to have a safe night out:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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