The holiday season is upon us. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, of course, but tonight is when you can expect to see the beginning of increased police presence in Front Royal and surrounding communities. Law enforcement agencies traditionally target drivers on the night before Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving eve is considered a heavy bar attendance night.
That means police officers are likely to be out and about looking to make arrests for drunk driving. But the heightened law enforcement won’t end after this evening -- it is expected to continue throughout the weekend.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says law enforcement agencies across the U.S. will use High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) to try to both deter drunk driving and to catch drunk drivers. This tactic is a combination of enforcement (checkpoints, increased patrols, etc.) and visibility (putting police vehicles and making arrests in visible locations).
The NHTSA says visibility is also enhanced with things such as warnings along highways on electronic message boards, road signs and radio public service announcements.
Police agencies also typically deploy saturation patrols over the Thanksgiving weekend. That can mean that drivers in certain targeted areas are much more likely to be pulled over and subjected to questioning and possible field sobriety tests and arrest.
Officers sometimes use a tactic known as wave policing, which means officers will target a specific spot known for speeding, for example, and pull over several drivers in a short period of time. The wave can leave a strong visual impression on passing motorists, of course, who are likely to slow down and reconsider their driving approach in that area.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you know you face Virginia’s harsh DUI penalties. Speak to an attorney experienced in DUI defense before talking to a prosecutor.