In order to bring West Virginia's Alcohol Related Death Rate down to the National Average Alcohol Related Death Rate of .53 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. The WV Governor's Highway Safety Program has developed a statewide plan to reduce DUI related crashes, injuries, and deaths by using a sustained enforcement effort. This plan takes a comprehensive approach using city, county and state law enforcement, Safe Community coordinators, Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC), community agencies, schools, retail and wholesale alcohol agents. These efforts will be coordinated through eight Safe Community coordinators, and the seven WV State Police coordinators.
A written survey designed to obtain data concerning attitudes of law enforcement officers toward DUI issues will be given to 3000 law enforcement officers during training for the new breath testing equipment. The PIRE Co. will compile the results. The results will help direct the high visibility activities, training, and equipment purchases.
The plan will cover the entire state in a consistent and sustained manner using the following categories:
- High Visibility Enforcement Activities
- Public Education and Information Activities
- Media Activities
- Training Activities
- Age Group Activities
- Underage Enforcement Activities
Each of the eight Safe Community coordinators will be required to arrange two DUI enforcement activities in each of their areas each week. The seven WV State Police coordinators will arrange two DUI enforcement activities within each of their troop areas each week. In coordinating the efforts of the Safe Community coordinators and WV State Police coordinators, 1,560 DUI enforcement events will occur throughout the state during a one-year period.
Approved examples of "High Visibility Enforcement Activities" are as follows:
- Saturation Patrols – Officers will patrol areas identified as high DUI area in groups of at least three patrols. Officers will stage in the enforcement area to alert motorist to the high visibility saturated patrol.
- Sobriety Checkpoints – Officers will conduct checkpoints according to local department regulations requiring a large number of officers.
- Low Manpower Sobriety Checkpoints – Officers will conduct checkpoints according to local department regulations requiring six or fewer officers.
- Underage Alcohol Sales Stings – Officers will work with ABCC investigators or within department regulations in an effort to monitor the sale of alcohol to underage purchasers and make arrests of violations
- Participate in the National Mobilizations.
- Conduct enforcement activities during peak alcohol related crash times (holidays, special events)