McDonnell Meets With Troopers to Discuss Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign

Richmond, VA - Governor McDonnell joined Virginia State Police troopers Thursday to check out their Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign.

This campaign started in 2002 as a zero tolerance initiative to get drunk drivers off the road by using checkpoints.

Thursday, troopers showed McDonnell what goes into identifying a drunk driver. And it's working well.

Drunk driving fatalities in Virginia are down 35% since 2008. Last year 229 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, which is more than a 6 % decrease from 2011. But drunk driving still accounts for 30 % of all the state's traffic fatalities.

Here are some more statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles:

- 2012 marked the fifth-consecutive year of declining drunk driving fatalities in Virginia, which are down over 35% since 2008.

- Virginia's same number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities (144) recorded as of August 2013 as was recorded as August 2012.

- While the campaign aims to reach all potential drunk drivers, they specifically focus their attention on males aged 21 to 35, a demographic representing nearly a third (31%) of all persons killed in Virginia's alcohol-related traffic crashes last year.

- Last year, 28,719 people were convicted of DUI in Virginia, a nearly two-percent (1.98%) increase from 2011.

Get more information on Checkpoint Strikeforce.