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‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ on Friday

Arlington County Police and the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday as part of a national DUI crackdown.

The checkpoint will be set up at an undisclosed location in the county.

“Officers will stop all vehicles passing through the checkpoint and ask to see the licenses of drivers,” police said in a press release. “Any driver suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be directed to a safe area off the roadway for further observation and possible testing for intoxication.”

“This enforcement effort, called ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ is in support of U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National crackdown program on drunk driving that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity,” police said.

The maximum penalty for a first DUI conviction in Virginia is 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and a 12-month suspension of driving privileges.

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