April 3, 2014
The annual Foxfield Races are almost set to begin later this month. Some people are starting to think about transportation to and from the event, which is just six miles west of Charlottesville.
"It's way too late to wait until late in the day and say 'oh I've had too much now I need to get home.' I think you need to take preventative measures long before Foxfield occurs," says Albemarle County Police Lt Mike Warner.
This year, revelers are going to have a few less options for a safe ride since UVa.'s university transit service (UTS) will not be offering shuttle service. The buses not only provided a sober ride for students, but non-students were able to purchase shuttle tickets during previous years.
When asked about this year's shuttle service, UVa. representatives said in a statement, "UTS books charter buses on a first-come, first-served basis, and this time all of our buses are booked."
After arresting 33 people last year, mostly on public intoxication charges, police say they are working on other ways for Foxfield attendees to get home.
“There is always a taxi stand available, and we've elaborated that stand this year," Lt. Wagner said. "We've moved the whole taxi stand away from Garth Road well into the infield so that we are able to control that flow of pedestrians trying to catch cabs.”
Police say drunk driving isn't only a concern at the Foxfield Races. Lt. Wagner says with the warmer weather there is more opportunity for people to hit the road after having a few.
"It is the spring. People have been cooped up all winter and there are a lot of events in the area that are coming about that could promote drinking outside, social drinking, sporting events and such."
According to Lt. Wagner, Albemarle County and State Police will be working together this spring to prevent drunk driving crashed before they happen.