January 1, 2006
Drivers in Albemarle County started the new year off just right by lessening the workload of the county's police officers during the New Year holiday weekend.
While some at home watched the ball drop in New York's Times Square, police watched something else drop.
Albemarle County Police officers passed on watching the ball drop in Times Square Saturday night to patrol roads to see the number of accident and driving under the influence citations drop.
Officers were not disappointed. The official count for DUI violations clocked in at zero. Officers could not believe their eyes, and say this is the first time in several years, no officer had to write a ticket.
"Those individuals that went out in public and consumed alcohol found alternative sources of riding home. Finally, getting the message out there, people deciding maybe it's just not worth it-- the legal ramifications of getting arrested for a DUI," said Sergeant Amos Chiarappa.
Sgt. Chiarappa adds all officers in his department are pleased that drivers made the decision to obey the law.
The exact number of tickets issued for 2004 were unavailable, but the sergeant says the number can vary year to year, based on the decisions made by those behind the wheel.
Albemarle County Police say drivers did the right thing last night as the new year holiday usually brings in several arrests due to drinking.