As you ring in 2014, make a resolution to prevent drinking and driving this New Year’s. The Winchester Police Department will have extra patrols on tap as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. The police department will have checkpoints located throughout the city. We have a no tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving. If you plan to drink alcoholic beverages as you celebrate the New Year, be sure to designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin. If you won’t be consuming alcohol, offer to drive others home to ensure their safety.
The message is simply, if you drink, don’t drive. In 2012 more than 10,000 people died in drunk driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s one accident every 51 minutes. Make a pledge to not drink and drive to prevent you from becoming a statistic.
We wish everyone a Happy New Year!
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lauren.Cummings@winchesterva.gov