Virginia DUI prevention effort underway ahead of Labor Day

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across Virginia will be monitoring 120 checkpoints in the lead-up to Labor Day as part of a campaign to combat driving under the influence.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports this year’s 18th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign is the largest effort in years. Officials hope to combat last year’s increase in alcohol-related traffic deaths.

Ninety-eight agencies statewide are participating. The campaign began Aug. 16 and will run until Sept. 3.

Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said penalties for drunken driving in Virginia include a mandatory ignition interlock installation on the offender’s vehicle, up to a year of driver’s license suspension and jail time, and up to $2,500 in fines.

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