The Winchester Police Department’s efforts to curb drunken driving during the holiday season seemed to have paid off. Officers arrested 11 people for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol between December 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014. That’s down from 30 that were charged with DUI during the same time last year. The department had 10 saturation patrols between December 20, 2013 and January 1, 2014 as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. During these checkpoints the following charges were made:
- 3 arrested for DUI
- 2 charged with speeding
- 1 charged with a seatbelt violation
- 23 other traffic violations
- 3 charged with not having an operator’s license
- 2 charged with having a suspended or revoked driver’s license
- 3 drug charges
The police department continues to raise public awareness of the consequences of drinking and driving and we hope residents will take personal responsibility to not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lauren.Cummings@winchesterva.gov.