One of the busiest holidays for the Virginia State Police is coming up next weekend. Labor Day marks the end of summer, and in every neighborhood there will be the last BBQs and pool parties of the summer. Labor Day weekend brings a high rate of drinking and drug use in people who want to then get out and drive on Virginia’s roads.
Last year the Virginia Motor Vehicle Department reported 245 DUI fatalities, and Virginia officials believe that is 245 too many. All too often troopers have witnessed the number of people that are affected by just one impaired driver. When a driver is impaired he shows no accountability for either his/her driving or the consequences that were caused. Often, it is only when they are sitting with a Fairfax criminal attorney do they realize the devastation they caused.
This year like many other years, checkpoints will be set up to discourage people from drinking and driving. Drivers should know that it only takes one drink to escalate the BAC to over the limit for most people. The checkpoints will also target driver’s license requirements, seat belt usage, tag violations and possession of marijuana and other drugs. Officers want to make the roads safe this Labor Day, and they plan to make as many arrests as possible to deter DUI driving.
Virginia is serious about DUI drivers on the road, and they will not hesitate to arrest drivers who violate these laws. The legal limit for alcohol is a .08 BAC, but a driver can still be arrested if they were driving recklessly or they caused an accident. Virginia State Patrol knows that even one DUI driver makes the roads unsafe for everyone.
Troopers will also be focusing on “professional drunks.” Professional drunks are those who drink continually and never think twice about driving after drinking, so they use no caution when they drive. Professional drunks might already have two or three DUI convictions, but they show no accountability for them. Professional drunks will definitely need to be represented by a Fairfax DUI Lawyer if they are arrested again.