Posted on Apr 05, 2011
This St. Patrick's Day police in Virginia set up sobriety checkpoints throughout the state from Thursday night, March 17, 2011 through early Friday morning, in order to catch drunk drivers on Virginia roads.

The Franconia District DWI sobriety checkpoint, operated by Fairfax County police officers, arrested motorists for DWI in Virginia. The officers were at this checkpoint, located on the southbound lane of Richmond Highway at Cherwek Drive, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. During those three hours, one driver was arrested for narcotics violations and another driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Northern Virginia. About 718 vehicles passed through this checkpoint, and three drivers were issued traffic violations.

Elsewhere in the state, Virginia Beach police arrested eight people on St. Patrick's Day at checkpoints that were only open for an hour, according to Master Police Officer Jimmy Barnes. Four motorists were arrested on driving under the influence (DUI) charges at checkpoints. Two of the DUI arrests were made in the 1000 block of Norfolk Ave., as well as two arrests for marijuana possession, and one wanted suspect arrest. Police also wrote seven tickets for violations at this location.

The other two DUI arrests were made on North Independence Boulevard near the Interstate 264 exit. At this location, Virginia Beach police wrote eleven tickets for traffic violations and arrested one person for being drunk in public.

Police officers typically set up checkpoints on St. Patrick's Day, as it is one of the holidays, along with Labor Day, July 4th, and New Year's Eve, that produce an increase of drunk drivers. At these checkpoints, drivers were asked to provide their driver's license and registration. Police officers were checking for impairment and did ask some drivers to complete field sobriety tests.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Northern Virginia, please call the Wilson Law Firm at (800) DUI-LWYR, and we will provide you with a free legal consultation.