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Cops will be out in droves with DWI checkpoints over Labor Day weekend

Statewide, 200 local law enforcement agencies along with the Virginia State Police are expected to conduct about 150 sobriety checkpoints and 520 saturation patrols through Labor Day, according to a statement from the governor's office.

The Labor Day weekend is sometimes seen as the last chance to celebrate the summer, and law enforcement agencies in Northern Virginia and across the state are warning revelers to drive sober.

Joining a majority of those travelers, who will put rubber to the road this weekend, will be thousands of law enforcement officers patrolling Virginia's highways for reckless and impaired drivers. "We want you to have an enjoyable holiday weekend that includes getting to your destination safely".

There were 51 DUI arrests and 283 crashes a year ago during the Labor Day holiday weekend, state police said.

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"As part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, we are taking a zero tolerance approach to those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs".

The crackdown runs through Monday, September 4.

Sheriff's deputies and troopers also will have extra patrols and a checkpoint set up over the weekend. "Year-round, our members work to reduce drunk driving crashes and promote traffic safety".

In addition to drunken drivers, troopers will also be watching for distracted drivers, occupants who are not buckled up and drivers who violate the Move Over Law intended for emergency service workers. On average, one person is killed every 51 minutes in an impaired driving crash.

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