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Virgin Islands Police Department Proclaims Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign Enforcement Blitz a Success
July 21, 2009
The Virgin Islands Police Department on Wednesday announced the results of the “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” National Impaired Driving Prevention enforcement mobilization that took place June 21 - July 5. The campaign, which began with special impaired driving checkpoints or saturation patrols in the territory during mid-June, resulted in seven (7) tickets for motorists who were driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Virgin Islands police on all three islands participated in this nationwide high-visibility enforcement effort. During the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign period the Virgin Islands Police Department issued other citations including:
“We sent the ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’ message out loud and clear this year,” said Commissioner Designee Novelle E. Francis, Jr.
“Hopefully we’ll continue to see a decrease in impaired driving and a decrease in preventable fatalities on our roadways as a result of these ongoing initiatives.”
- 33 Seat Belt violation citations
- 2 Drug arrests
- One stolen vehicle was recovered
- And 188 other citations for various traffic infractions were issued
In an effort to save more lives by convincing all motorists not to drive while impaired, VIPD joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to launch this high-visibility enforcement initiative.
Additionally, a variety of outreach activities are being conducted through television and radio promotions geared toward making the roads in the Virgin Islands a safer place to drive.