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Police Add Extra Weekend Patrols during Holiday Season

December 9, 2013

With the holidays just around the corner, local police want to make sure everyone has fun while being safe on the roads.

"During the holiday season, we are taking extra steps to focus on traffic safety," Albemarle County Police spokeswoman Carter Johnson said. "Especially during the holiday season when we know there are a lot of parties, a lot of events and we really want people to be safe."

County police have been rolling out a number of outreach and awareness campaigns to notify drivers about the steps they're taking to keep the roads safe. One aspect of that is message boards that will be placed throughout the county that read, "Drive Safely, Drive Sober, Make it Alive."

"We really just want those message boards to be visible throughout the county to remind people of traffic safety initiatives," Johnson said.

Also, additional police will be on the streets specifically searching for drunken drivers.

"We will have extra DUI enforcement patrols, and these officers will focus solely on DUI prevention and patrols," Johnson said. "They will not be responding to other calls but will be focusing on traffic safety and DUIs."

Those extra patrols will be on the streets every Friday and Saturday night through New Year's Day.

The outreach isn't just for one particular driver, but everyone on the roads.

"We do want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, but we want to make sure you do so responsibly," Johnson said. "It's not just your life in danger, but anyone else driving on the roads."

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