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Police Conducting Saturation Patrol New Year’s Eve Weekend

The Alexandria Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol in the Alexandria, Virginia area from 8:00 p.m. this evening (Saturday, December 30, 2017) to 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Saturation patrols take place in all 50 states and involve law enforcement deploying additional police officers to targeted roadways during select time periods to detect and apprehend impaired drivers.

The primary focus for officers during a DUI saturation patrol is to find impaired drivers by observing changes in driving behaviors, while also looking out for any traffic violations by motorists.

The behaviors most often assessed are:

  • lane deviation,
  • following too closely,
  • reckless or aggressive driving and/or speeding.

The intention of this heavier police presence is to increase motorists’ perception that they will be arrested if they drive impaired.

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