Arlington County police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday.
Motorists will be required to show their driver’s licenses to officers at the checkpoint. Those suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be directed to a safe area for additional observation and possible testing for intoxication.
The maximum penalty in Virginia for the first conviction for driving under the influence is 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and a 12-month suspension of driving privileges.
Saturday’s checkpoint is one in a series of ongoing efforts supporting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) program to end drunk driving. The program focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.