Checkpoint Strikeforce

According to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles data, Labor Day traffic fatalities on Virginia’s roadways have steadily increased each year since 2012 and estimates project that close to one-million Virginians will travel this Labor Day holiday weekend with the majority of those traveling doing so by driving.
The Labor Day holiday’s historic increase in alcohol-impaired driving incidents also served as the backdrop in Virginia officials launching the Commonwealth’s 15th-annual and statewide Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.
Started in 2002, Virginia’s Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign is part of a research-based multi-state, zero-tolerance initiative designed to get impaired drivers off the roads using checkpoints and patrols along with education about the dangers and consequences of driving while intoxicated. While aiming to reach all potential drunk drivers, the statewide enforcement and education campaign specifically focuses on males aged 21 to 35, a demographic representing nearly a third of all persons killed in Virginia’s alcohol-related traffic crashes last year.

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