Increased police presence planned for Labor Day weekend

Police agencies across Erie County will be out in force Labor Day weekend - with almost 175 extra hours of DWI patrols assigned this weekend. This is a first in the Department's 85-year history to offer an abbreviated State Police Academy for existing Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS) certified law enforcement officers. State Police Superintendent George Beach II said the Labor Day weekend traditionally results in heavy traffic volumes throughout the state, and the increased flow of traffic brings with it increased accidents, serious injuries and fatalities.

Over the full holiday weekend previous year, troopers investigated 283 crashes, 43 with injuries. "State police will have all available troopers out on patrol for the extended holiday weekend, but we need every driver and passenger committed to also doing their part to make their travels as safe as possible". It's once again time for Operation CARE, or Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts. Drivers are reminded to act responsibly as they enjoy the holiday. "As in years past, this strikeforce campaign ensures that individuals who choose to break the law and drive under the influence will be caught and be prosecuted".

Labor Day weekend enforcement continues through Tuesday night.

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Troopers are concentrating efforts on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding.

There were 2,111 alcohol-related crashes in 2016 across Northern Virginia, according to state data.

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