CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - With the heavy traffic of Labor Day approaching, officials in Virginia and North Carolina are targeting the highways with a campaign to cut back on vehicle crashes.
Officers from Chesapeake and North Carolina had cars and trucks stopped, coming and going along Route 17, all part of the "Border to Border" initiative.
"This is not a training exercise, this is the real thing where we get out here and check," said Ravi Sheth with the Chesapeake Police Department.
And some found that out the hard way on Thursday.
"We've had one person that is wanted out of Isle of Wight arrested, and we've had one D.U.I. in the first hour and a half of operations today," said Sheth.
Among other things, the checkpoints enforces up to date driver's licenses, seat belts buckled, and no texting while driving. And even though the stops are going on in different states, the message is the same.
"Be safe, law compliant, and most of all, don't drink and drive," Sheth said.
"Look out for other drivers. There's a lot of traffic out on the road this weekend, so just be prepared and be patient in your driving," said Sheriff Tony Perry from Camden County.
Police told WAVY.com that they will have exact numbers tomorrow on how many tickets were written and arrests were made on Thursday.
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