Extra patrols during “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign

The law enforcement Labor Day 2018  “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is underway.

Local law enforcement will be out in full force until Sept. 3 promoting safety on the roads during the Labor Day holiday.

Front Royal police, along with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office,  are among the area law enforcement agencies that will be visible on the roads pulling over and arrested impaired drivers, an effort supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Front Royal master police officer Steve Mauck said the department will be participating in the campaign during the entire time. There will be  increased patrols and officers conducting stops at various locations looking for impaired drivers.

“The focus is to keep intoxicated drivers from behind the wheel and protect citizens who are out there abiding by the law,” Mauck said.

Last year, Front Royal officers conducted 429 traffic stops during the same campaign. They wrote 212 citations  for infractions such as speeding or lane violations and arrested four people for driving under the influence, Mauck said.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is also participating.

“We have scheduled checkpoints at different times. We will have additional patrols out at different times, days, nights, weekends,” Capt. Wesley Dellinger said.

Both said members of their department often discover other violations after the initial traffic stop.

They also both said such campaigns do work to protect the public.

“Just the presence of law enforcement is a deterrent. Buckle up, don’t drink or drive impaired, such as on medications or drugs,” Dellinger said.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office was unable to provide statistics from last year’s campaign before deadline.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office did not return phone calls before press time nor did the Virginia State Police.

Other law enforcement agencies will have increased patrols but not as part of the campaign.

Woodstock police will have increased patrols during the upcoming  holiday, as they do with most holidays, but the extra activity is not officially part of the campaign, Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley said in an email.