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Checkpoint Strikeforce —
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"

Virginia’s law enforcement will be out in full force during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, and the local Checkpoint Strikeforce mobilization, which runs from August 19 to September 5, 2016. Impaired driving prevention is the focus of the mobilizations, which are held in advance of and include the Labor Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

In combination with increased enforcement, law enforcement agencies, DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, along with other traffic safety advocates across the Commonwealth, are teaming up to provide education and outreach efforts about the dangers of impaired driving to Virginians.

Sixteen people died in traffic crashes on the Commonwealth’s roadways during the four-day Labor Day holiday last year. And in Virginia in 2015, there were 241 alcohol-related fatalities and 4,917 alcohol-related injuries. The 241 people killed in alcohol-related crashes in Virginia represent 32 percent of all traffic fatalities. These facts gravely highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of impaired driving issues, especially surrounding the Labor Day holiday.

Decreasing overall traffic deaths in Virginia starts with preventing drunk driving. We want to encourage everyone who plans on drinking to make a plan before the party begins. Not doing something as simple as choosing a sober driver could result in severe injury and even death. So, this August, and every day, remember: there is never an excuse to drink and drive. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Advice for would-be drunk drivers and all motorists on the roadways:

  • Always drive sober. Use a designated driver, call a cab or a friend, or use public transportation. Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Always buckle up. Seat belts are the most effective traffic safety device for preventing death during a crash, and belts are the best defense against impaired drivers.

For more information, visit the new Checkpoint Strikeforce website —


Checkpoint Strikeforce / "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" 2016 Mobilization Resources

As the 2016 Checkpoint Strikeforce / National "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign gets underway, here are some Virginia-specific resources for you to use in your public education promotions.

Even A Police Chief Can Get Nailed for Drunk Driving
Former Alexandria Police Chief David Baker speaks to the consequences of drinking and driving in this 2-minute PSA about Checkpoint Strikeforce.

Checkpoint Strikeforce Web Site (for NHTSA Region III)
3 Ways to Keep a Friend Alive Brochure (Spanish/English) Information only. Brochure available from NHTSA.
NHTSA Alcohol Programs
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
"Low-Manpower" Checkpoints
National Commission Against Drunk Driving
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)