Law enforcement officers will be out in full force tonight, on the lookout for drunk drivers. If your New Year’s celebrations take you on the road, make sure you have a designated sober driver on hand.
The nationwide Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign has been in effect since 2002, and is gearing up for a night of DUI checkpoints and sobriety tests. According to the Campaign’s website, there were at least 1,200 crashes caused by alcohol-impaired drivers in 2013, many of which resulted in fatalities.
Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton Police aw well as State Troopers will all be on the roads tonight, patrolling for dangerous drivers who put everyone at risk. In an article by The Virginian-Pilot’s Kathy Hieatt, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera had a few words for the New Years revelers:
“Please, don’t drink and drive and don’t allow those you care about to get behind the wheel after drinking,” Cervera said in a news release. “It is never, ever, acceptable to drink and drive… especially not during the holiday season when hundreds of families are also out on the road.”
There are numerous options to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking, particularly tonight. As always, party-goers can designate a sober driver early-on, take a bus or other public transportation, or call a cab, Uber, Lyft, or one of the many car services that exist for exactly this purpose.
Download the App-A-Cab and spend your New Years worry-free, knowing that a warm car is waiting to take you home after midnight. MetroScoot is a unique service that sends a driver over on a scooter, to drive the caller and their car home for them (Call 222-6700 for MetroScoot).
Those celebrating at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront who have a few too many can make use of the “Do Not Tow” sticker offered for tonight. Just call 385-5000 before 2:30 am on New Years, or ask one of the many officers that will be out and about, and your car will be left in peace in its parking space overnight.
Another option just for the special occasion is AAA’s “Tow to Go,” a service which tows cars and their incapacitated drivers home. AAA membership is not required, and the ride is free. Call 631-1700 to hitch a ride with a tow truck tonight.
One fun choice that is often overlooked is to book a hotel room. Invite friends, order room service and pop some champagne – it’s okay, you’re not driving anywhere!
Stay safe tonight, Hampton Roads, and Happy New Year!