Individuals who choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming excessive alcohol put countless lives at risk. That is why law enforcement takes driving under the influence very seriously.
When holidays come around, the police often become much more vigilant because they know more people will drink because of the occasion. This is readily visible during the last Fourth of July weekend. Virginia State Police were extremely busy throughout July 3rd and 4th, and they managed to arrest 42 drivers over a 48-hour period.
For a while, state police have participated in Operation C.A.R.E., also known as Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. As part of this campaign, police officers maintain a more visible presence on roadways to remind drivers that they should not drive drunk. In addition to the dozens of arrests officers managed to make, they also issued citations for over 1,200 cases of reckless driving and over 4,900 cases of speeding. Many other citations went out for child restraint and seat belt violations.
Virginia State Police Superintendent, Colonel Gary T. Settle, said:
"Dozens of people die every day in the United States as a result of car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. Even though the Fourth of July is over, it is critical for people to remain aware of how much alcohol they consume to remain safe. Virginia police always has a presence on the road, so if you drive drunk, then be aware the cops will pull you over."