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Posted on: June 1, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Local SOAR Task Force Receives Va. Governor's Transportation Safety Award

VIRGINIA BEACH - Virginia's top transportation safety advocates were honored Wednesday, May 23 during a ceremony at Virginia's Highway Safety Summit in Virginia Beach. DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative, presented the 2018 Governor's Transportation Safety Awards.

The Sober On ALL Roads (SOAR) program was honored for its outstanding contribution to transportation safety at the ceremony. SOAR a valley-wide regional DUI task force that includes Roanoke County, City of Roanoke, City of Salem and Town of Vinton. 

Sober On All Roads (SOAR) achieved its goals by conducting routine patrols within each jurisdiction and with regular multi-jurisdictional checkpoints in areas known to have increased rates of impaired-driving activities. As a result, the task force made 297 DUI arrests between March 2017 and December 2017. The six-member task force accounted for 37 percent of all DUI arrests in the Roanoke Valley.

The Governor's Transportation Safety Awards were awarded by DMV's Highway Safety Office. Nominations were accepted in March. Entries were judged on creativity, imagination, uniqueness, impact on the community, and the use of volunteers and private sector resources.

"We congratulate the award recipients and are proud to recognize the impressive efforts made by Virginians to help make an impact on the safety of everyone who shares our roadways," said Commissioner Holcomb. "What these folks are doing is saving lives and, for that, we are very grateful."

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