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Statewide Labor Day Weekend DWI crackdown announced

Statewide Labor Day Weekend DWI crackdown announced

This is a first in the Department's 85-year history to offer an abbreviated State Police Academy for existing Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS) certified law enforcement officers.

"Virginia State Police has not been immune to today's challenging environment of having to compete with other law enforcement agencies to attract qualified candidates to join its sworn ranks", said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

As of Friday, there have been 529 reported traffic deaths in Virginia, compared to 477 this same date a year ago.

"Troopers and local law enforcement will be highly visible this weekend, and if you drink and drive, you will get pulled over", said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the campaign.

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Connecticut State Police have cited more than 500 drivers for speeding and hundreds more for other violations this holiday weekend. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be on patrol.

Last year, Virginia saw a drop in traffic deaths during the four-day weekend - the operation began Friday morning and continued through midnight Monday.

The roving patrols are part of the Erie County DWI Police Lifesaver Patrols, a joint effort of the Erie County Chiefs of Police Association, the State Police, Erie County Sheriff's Office and the Erie County Executive's office.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in 2015. "Drivers continue to break the law by driving impaired, putting thousands of travelers at risk every day".


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