Roanoke Valley police departments unveil DUI task force

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) Friday, law enforcement in the Roanoke Valley will unveil a new regional DUI task force.

It will include officers from Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Salem and Vinton Six officers will be assigned to the task force. This involves very visible traffic enforcement targeting impaired drivers. That also includes checkpoints.

They had been focused on enforcement around the holidays. Roanoke County’s Police Chief says this will be a more continuous effort.

Chief Howard Hall, Roanoke County Police, said, “This is a full time task force with a full time mission of DUI enforcement. They will not be sort of a slave to the 911 as we say sometimes.”

The program is being unveiled just a day before Roanoke's St. Patrick's Day parade. Chief Howard Hall has advice for people headed downtown this weekend.

Hall said, “It's really very simple. Have a plan. There's nothing wrong with going out and having a good time this weekend or any other weekend, but have a plan for how you are going to get home.”

The task force had a soft launch a couple weeks ago, and plan to be in full gear St. Patrick's Day weekend.