Sept. 26, 2013
A statewide effort to crack down on drunk driving is again showing positive results.
The Office of Governor Bob McDonnell announced on Thursday that 2012 was the fifth consecutive year of declining drunk driving fatalities in Virginia.
State leaders are crediting the Checkpoint Strikeforce initiative for the decline. The operation is a zero-tolerance policy designed to get drunk drivers off the road.
Last year, 229 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, a 6.53 percent decrease from 2011. However despite the progress, drunk driving still accounted for 29.54 percent of Virginia’s total traffic fatalities in 2012.
“While we are very encouraged by the progress made in recent years through our law enforcement efforts, by no means have we declared victory in the battle against drunk driving,” stated Governor McDonnell.