State police, sheriff’s offices see quiet holiday weekend on roads

The counties of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah experienced a successful holiday weekend as far as motor vehicle crashes and driving under the influence arrests were concerned.

Those three counties saw only one motor vehicle crash involving injuries from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday morning, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police.

Tyler said the one crash involving injuries was in Frederick County and was  one of 11 reported in the county over the weekend. Four crashes limited to property damage were investigated in Shenandoah County. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office investigated one crash, but Virginia State Police assistance wasn’t needed.

“We have increased patrols out and education by getting the message out to the public,” Tyler said.

Tyler said that one DUI arrest was made in Shenandoah County, the only one in the three-county area during that time period.

Capt. Wes Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said that his department did not establish any checkpoints for the holiday weekend, but did have two saturation patrols. While the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported only one DUI during the Friday to Monday period, deputies did make two DUI arrests shortly before, one on Friday and one on Dec. 27.

According to officials, Warren County and the Town of Front Royal didn’t make a single DUI arrest over the New Year’s weekend.

Sgt. Crystal Cline, of the Front Royal police Criminal Investigations Division, said that the town participated in the Virginia State Police’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday  on John Marshall Highway and that resulted in the issuance of 19 summons, none of which were for DUI.

“We didn’t do a saturation patrol,” Cline said. “We checked vehicles for licensed drivers, DUIs, etc. Usually we get one or two DUIs. This year we didn’t get any during that whole weekend, so we’re happy about that.”

Sheriff’s Office Capt. Michael Arnold confirmed that within Warren County, things also went smoothly. The department made no DUI arrests and investigated only one crash.

“It’s gone down dramatically from the old days,” Arnold said. “People are starting to get the message.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com