Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
[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.
WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?
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
Categories: Commentary, Crime
Tags: crime, Law_enforcement