Labor Day revelers, beware: Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday kicked off the state’s 10th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign, intended to deter drunk driving in the state.
State and law enforcement officials will increasingly conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrol efforts now through the end of the year, McDonnell’s office announced.
Since the campaign started in 2002, alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state have decreased by 23 percent, while alcohol-related traffic injuries in the state have declined by over 32 percent.
The campaign will also include ads running this Labor Day weekend reminding drivers of the consequences of drinking and driving.
To assist with the launch, Virginia law enforcement agencies are partnering with neighboring states Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina in an effort over the Labor Day holiday.
In addition to the campaign, the Virginia Department of State Police will also engage in the annual Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) traffic enforcement campaign designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, drunk driving and failing to use seat belts.
The VSP will increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts throughout the state starting Friday morning, Sept. 2, at 12:01 a.m. and continuing through midnight Monday, Sept. 5,