Extra patrols starting Friday will target intoxicated and aggressive drivers

Washington County sheriff's deputies will provide extra patrols to enhance safety for the extended Labor Day holiday period.

"The Labor Day holiday period is one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways in combination with impaired and aggressive drivers," said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff's office spokesman.

In addition to extra patrols focused getting impaired drivers off the road, deputies will also focus on looking for drivers who are speeding, following other vehicles too closely, and who are distracted because they are using mobile communication devices.

Deputies will be providing extra DUII patrols from Friday, Aug. 15, through Tuesday, Sept. 2. There will also be a Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz beginning Monday, Aug. 25, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 7.

"Deputies regularly respond to traffic-related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were safe and considerate," Ray said. "Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear their seatbelt and secure children in properly fitted child restraints.

"Please be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday."

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