PWC Police Set Up Sobriety Checkpoints

Tuesday, Dec. 28 — According to Prince William County Police, the holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year to drive due to an increase of impaired drivers on area roads. And throughout this holiday period, police officers are setting up sobriety checkpoints in both eastern and western Prince William County to enforce safe and sober driving. Fair warning.

“With all of the office and holiday parties during this holiday season, it is important to make sure you always designate a sober driver ahead of time,” says PWC Police Chief Charlie T. Deane. “Too many people still don’t understand that alcohol, drugs and driving just don’t mix. Too many lives are being lost and we need everyone’s help to stop it.”

The police are suggesting these tips for safer driving over the holidays, particularly around New Year’s Eve:
• Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your car keys.
• If you’re impaired, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
• Use WRAP’s “Sober Ride” program (
Washington Regional Alcohol Program). Call 1-800-200-TAXI for a free ride home (up to a $30 fare) through Jan. 1, 2011, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
• Report drunk drivers you see on the roadways.
• Wear your seat belt, or use protective gear on your motorcycle.
• Take the car keys of impaired drivers and help them make other arrangements to safely get where they’re going.

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