Police Fear More Traffic Related Deaths Before The Year Concludes

There will be New Year’s Eve celebrations and police are gearing up to catch impaired drivers and remind motorists that buzzed driving- is-drunk driving. Local and state law enforcement will be stepping up patrols and DUI checkpoints today.  According to the Virginia State Police, as of Monday, reports indicated more than 720 people have died in traffic crashes in Virginia this year, and holiday statistics of years past suggest that number will increase before the year is over. Troopers say there’s a deadly combination this time of year of more people on the road and alcohol-fueled holiday parties. In Lynchburg, Police will be implementing what they call saturation patrols.  There will be more officers out on the streets watching for the first signs a driver may be drunk. Officers say prevent alcohol-related deaths this holiday by designating a sober driver, calling a cab or just staying put after celebrating.

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