Beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending June 1, law enforcement agencies across Virginia will be out in force as part of the state’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

In Central Virginia, members of the Central Virginia Highway Traffic Safety Board set up a checkpoint on the Monacan Bridge on U.S. 29 around noon on May 21.

Amherst County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Turner said that it would help set the tone for Memorial Day weekend. He said they hope it would put the image in driver’s minds that if police were out in force on Friday and Saturday, that they would be out on Monday as well.

Starting on May 22, law enforcement will be conducting a blitz on U.S. routes 460, 60, and 29. According to Turner, the border-to-border enforcement is part of another effort to increase patrols.

Turner said that U.S. 60 may not be a high traffic route, but drivers tend to take less-traveled roads while driving under the influence.

Drivers can also expect to seek DUI checkpoints as part of the campaign.

The Virginia Highway Safety Office says that motorists have a 40 percent lower likelihood of dying in a crash if they are properly using seat belts.

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