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Several Law Enforcement Agencies To Have Extra Patrols On Highways
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 28, 2012 9:29 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 1:15 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Police will be out in full force to make sure revelers don’t drink and drive tonight and into the morning.
Several agencies, including the Charleston Police Department, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and the State Police, will have extra officers on the lookout for drunken drivers. Several DUI and traffic checkpoints will be active. Officers said they will be searching for impaired drivers this evening and through the morning.
Police said they average about 15 arrests every New Year’s Eve.
Extra officers from several law enforcement agencies will be patrolling area highways over the next few days to deter impaired drivers out celebrating the new year.
The Charleston Police Department, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office and West Virginia State Police will have extra officers on patrol, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.
Police are encouraging people to enjoy the new year's celebration, but to be safe in their travels to and from the celebrations. They also urge people to use a designated driver or to contact a taxi service if they are going to have a drink. The release said police will have zero tolerance for impaired driving.
Impaired driving is one of America's deadliest crimes. In 2011, West Virginia had 90 traffic fatalities as a result of crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
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