Arlington County Police are setting up a sobriety checkpoint tonight, March 7, to crack down on drunk driving.
The department announced that it is joining with the Arlington County Sheriff's Office as part of a national program that combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.
Officers will stop all vehicles passing through the checkpoint and ask to see the licenses of drivers, the police department said in a news release. Any driver suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be directed to a safe area off the roadway for further 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.