D.U.I. Checkpoints

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

State police wrote 264 tickets this past Labor Day holiday weekend in Augusta County. Surprisingly, not a single one of them was for drinking and driving.

State Police credit this accomplishment with getting the word out about their DUI checkpoints and enforcement. Compared to Labor Day last year, Augusta County had a number of accidents and DUI arrests in 2006, so that makes this year's numbers even more significant.

First Sgt. Scott Van Lear thinks people are being cautious.

He says, "Well, I'd like to think it's because the word is finally getting out, and people aren't drinking and driving and finding designated drivers or cab services."

State police say they even had extra patrols on duty to catch people drinking and driving. They hope this is a trend they continue to see in coming years.

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