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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 7, 2020. 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, Virginia DMV 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. 98 law enforcement agencies, including local police departments and the Virginia State Police, participated in Virginia's 2019 Checkpoint Strikeforce initiative.

In Virginia, you are legally considered to be driving under the influence (DUI) if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. A full list of licensed transportation services in the Commonwealth, searchable by ZIP code, is available online.

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.


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Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)