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Loudoun Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police to conduct sobriety checkpoint Friday

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is urging motorists to plan a designated driver or a safe way home if you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol today.

The Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police will enforce a sobriety checkpoint Friday. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will assist with the checkpoint.

“Be responsible or risk a DUI,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman in a prepared statement. “If you are going to celebrate this weekend with alcohol, designate a sober driver before your celebration begins.”

Chapman said the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer free Lyft rides from 4 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday as part of the DC area SoberRide program. More information can be found at http://www.wrap.org/soberride.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to take the following steps to have a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

•Plan a designated driver or a safe way home ahead of time.
•If you are impaired, call a taxi, 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.
•Wear your seatbelt.

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