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April 14, 2017


The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, April 14, 2017.

The sobriety checkpoint will begin shortly after 10 p.m.

"The sobriety checkpoint is a reminder to residents to make the smart choice, don't drink and drive," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Members of the Loudoun Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint.

Eugene Delgaudio Comments:

The sheriff issues these notices. For 17 years, I pass them on when notified. I usually do not comment. It is not a blanket endorsement of police searches without restriction. It is a public embrace of much needed community action. Once a year I comment on SOBRIETY CHECK POINTS.

Drunk driving takes many lives including one recent one here in Sterling.

One current elected supervisor was a DUI (Driving under the influence) three (3) times. Another former supervisor was a violent drunk who had to resign from office. Many people rationalize or object to this "puritanical" promotion of Sobriety while driving. It is they, not I, who is misguided. I conducted public protests, in Washington, against the powerful Kennedy political family for a decade until he and his family sobered up. These incidents related to Kennedy were documented in criminal complaints that I filed with then Attorney General Richard Thornburg. There were many victims of this one drunk driver in real time, on our streets in Washington, DC and in Virginia.

Several national legal authorities and sworn officers told me face to face that the protests against the drunk driving Kennedys was needed and appreciated.

Finally, there are people in this region who show a disregard for human life as part of their anti-social culture. Call them liberals, illegal aliens, Maryland drivers, New York City drivers, or whatever: stubborn people sometimes just need a regular reminder. There are thousands of victims. Hence the urgent need for sobriety checkpoints.

As a former elected official, I have seen a lot of the terrible results up close. So, I will yield to no one on this need to drive sober or drink responsibly.

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