Police Upping Patrols for Big Game

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- It's no mystery many people have parties for Sunday's big game and police will be out in force watching for drunk drivers.

About two to four extra law enforcement officers in Harrisonburg will be out on the roads Sunday night.

There will also be extra patrols Rockingham County, Augusta County and Waynesboro.

According to Harrisonburg Police, all of last year, 250 DUI arrests were made in the city, which averages out to less than one a day.

Police said several of those arrests came on the Sunday of the big game.

Their message this year is simple, stay responsible if you are heading out to a football party or you could end up paying harsh consequences.

"At a minimum, you're going to spend the night in jail. You'll have a Class 1 misdemeanor that you'll be facing. Getting the attorney fees, going through court. You''ll never know how that will turn out so you're looking at an extended headache. You might have a one-day headache otherwise, but you're going to have an extended headache of the fines and court fees that go with that," said Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson.

Harrisonburg police also said that a $10 cab ride is much nicer than paying thousands of dollars in lawyer fees.

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