Police set to launch drunk driving crackdown

By Joe Beck

Front Royal police will begin a crackdown on drunk drivers Friday as part of the nationwide “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” campaign that is scheduled to last through Labor Day.

Police Chief Norman Shiflett said drivers can expect to see more police on the streets looking for drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

“We will have saturation patrols which will consist of a lot more officers than usual,” Shiflett said.

Shiflett said police will also be informing the public in advance of any sobriety checkpoints that may be set up on specific streets.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is paid for by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which enlists state and local law enforcement agencies in the effort.

Crashes caused by drunk drivers killed 147 nationwide in 2012 and cost the U.S. economy $47 billion in 2010, according to data from the Traffic Safety Administration.

Shiflett said anyone who drinks alcohol should be thinking about ways to get a ride home.

“If they plan on drinking, then they should prepare ahead of time to have a designated driver or call a cab,” Shiflett said.

Shiflett said members of the public can also play a part in getting drunk drivers off the road.

“It’s not only law enforcement personnel who will be watching for impaired drivers,” Shiflett said. “The public is also watching for them. Just about anybody with a cell phone can call the police and report any erratic driving.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com