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Drive Sober, Or Get Pulled Over

“Not too many people who are of age, and who occasionally drink, are going to forego that celebratory toast during this holiday season. We only ask people that drink responsibly.”

Frederick County, Va. - Drive sober, or get pulled over - it's the motto of a national campaign reminding drivers to set down the car keys when they pick up an alcoholic drink.

"Everyone’s different. And this is the thing: It's not illegal for a person to consume alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle in the state of Virginia. It's illegal for a person to consume so much alcohol, that it impairs their ability to safely operate the vehicle," said Lieutenant Warren Gelson of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) of Virginia and the Winchester City Police Department are just some of the local law enforcement agencies participating in the campaign.

Between December 20th to January 1st, they'll be holding random DUI checkpoints in undisclosed areas around town.

“Not too many people who are of age, and who occasionally drink, are going to forego that celebratory toast during this holiday season. We only ask people that drink responsibly,” Gelson said.

FCSO will also bring in extra officers whose sole job will be to look for and arrest impaired drivers.

In 2011 and 2012, there were a little more than 200 DUI arrests made.

But since 2010, they've seen a steady decline in alcohol related accidents and fatalities - and they want to keep it that way.

"Have a designated driver. Use public transportation. Find some other way of getting home. Don't run the risk of trying to get their you, because we're going to be looking for you. And if we find you, it's not going to be a very happy holiday,” Gelson said.

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