Loudoun County, VA (March 13, 2020) –The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early this weekend to plan a designated driver or a safe way home if you choose to celebrate with alcohol.
As part of the agency’s enforcement efforts to crackdown on drinking and driving, a sobriety checkpoint will be held on Friday, March 13. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint.
“Be responsible or risk a DUI,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “If you are going to celebrate this weekend with alcohol, designate a sober driver before your celebration begins.” Sheriff Chapman also reminded residents that the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer free Lyft rides on St. Patrick’s Day, from 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 to 4 a.m. the following day, as part of the Washington, D.C. area SoberRide program. For more information on the program, please visit www.wrap.org/soberride.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to take the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:
- Plan a designated driver or a safe way home ahead of time.
- If you are impaired, call a taxi or ride-hailing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
- Immediately report any impaired drivers you see on our roadways to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. 9-1-1 for Emergencies and 703-777-1021 for Non-Emergencies.
- Wear your seat belt and ensure that others in your vehicle are wearing theirs as well!
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be out on patrol and will be on alert for impaired motorists. If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested.