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State Police Advise 'Keep the Shenanigans Off the Road' This St. Patrick's Day/Night

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

dui checkpoint-568x376FRANKLIN CO. - While St. Patrick's Day is a fun time for many, the drinking that many choose to add to their celebrations can be costly. 

For that reason, you can be sure local law enforcement along with State Police will be out looking for drunk drivers. Just over the past weekend, Roanoke Police instituted a no refusal weekend. Anyone who was suspected of driving under the influence and refused a breath test were tested anyway after the arresting officer obtained a warrant from a judge.

Virginia State Police will also be cracking down heading into this weekend, including tonight.

Below is a press release sent out this St. Patrick's Day. Be safe!

RICHMOND – A popular holiday in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the roots of millions of Americans with Irish ancestry. Unfortunately on March 17, the number of drunk drivers on the road also makes St. Patrick’s Day one of the deadliest holidays. So, Virginia State Police will be increasing patrols to deter and detect those motorists who choose to drive under the influence.

 

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that over the past five years, 266 individuals lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes during St. Patrick’s Day nationwide. In 2014, between the hours of 6 p.m. March 16, to 5:59 a.m. March 18, more than a quarter, or 28 percent, of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. It wasn’t much better in the early hours of March 18, 2014, as nearly half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers between midnight and 5:59 a.m.*

 

“A buzzed or drunk driver puts everyone’s life at risk,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Impaired driving claimed 251 lives on Virginia’s highways in 2014.** These deaths were 100% preventable. There is no excuse for it when there are so many alternatives to help you get home safely, especially with today’s technology.”

 

Did you know NHTSA has a SaferRide app which is available for Android and Apple users? The app can help call a taxi, or a friend for a ride home or identify your location so you can be picked up. For more information:

 

Let’s make 2016 safer. Plan Before You Party:

*      Ensure you have a designated sober driver before any drinking begins;

*      If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend/family member, or request a transportation network company (TNC) - which uses online-enabled platforms to connect paying passengers with drivers who use their own non-commercial, personal vehicles, or opt to use public transportation, so you get home safely;

*      Consider using your local community’s Sober Rides program – in Northern Virginia call 1-800-200-TAXI;

*      To drink and drive is a crime. If you witness a drunk driver on the road, dial #77 on a cell phone for the nearest Virginia State Police Emergency Communications Center or call 911;

*      And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take the keys and help them make arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

 

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UPDATE: Dailey & Vincent Concert Sold Out for Friday Night

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

7536126 origROCKY MOUNT - Award-winning bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent will be in Rocky Mount Friday night, bringing their special sound to the Franklin County High School Auditorium at 8 p.m.

The concert is now sold out.

The Rocky Mount Lion's Club is sponsoring the event. Proceeds in part will go toward an outreach program the Lion's Club has developed called Lions Quest.

Dailey & Vincent have won over 60 awards including many of the International Bluegrass Music Association and have also been nominated for two Grammy Awards.  

 

The Lions Quest program teaches kids in school the importance of character, personal and social responsibility at a yound age. According to the Lions Quest website, one of the goals of the program are for students to learn and take from the values and morals taught just as they would any school subject.  

The Lion's Club also asks that you bring your used eye glasses to donate in the lobby.

Doors for the concert will open at 7 p.m. Friday. 

For more information you can call 540-483-0904 or 540-483-5360.

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After 80s for Highs, 'Skiff' of Snow Possible This Weekend in the Mountains

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

gfs mslp pcpn frzn seus 13FRANKLIN CO. - March Madness doesn't just apply to sports! Two seasons will battle it out this weekend, and Southwest Virginia has courtside seats.

Now, I'm mainly talking about the higher elevations of course - the Greenbrier Valley, Alleghany Highlands, and the higher mountains of the New River Valley. But depending on how the system comes together this weekend (timing, track, and strength) there could even be flurries in and around Roanoke by Sunday.

This is nothing new. In fact, no matter how warm March is, I always tell folks to watch late March and early April. Not for anything big, But for any leftovers of Winter. They usually find a way to visit our part of Virginia before mid-April.

In this case, we'll see the jet stream dive south and our temps get progressively colder Friday into Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, energy within the jet stream will try to develop a coastal low by Sunday morning off of the Carolina Coast.

If we were in the middle of January, we'd be talking Winter Storm headlines. But the days are longer now, and the sun angle is more direct. The ground is very warm.

Models differ right now on the strength of the system this weekend, ranging from just a little moisture mainly in West Virginia to a more developed low pressure system trying to ride up the coast.

During this time of the year, it really doesn't matter given ground temps.

The mountains of West Virginia and the Highlands of VA stand a chance of seeing some very very light accumulations of wet snow Saturday night into Sunday. I'm talking an inch or less on the grass in the Highlands. Just flakes falling, but not really sticking elsewhere.

The ridge tops of the Roanoke Valley and the NRV could also see some snow.

The rest of us in the Valleys and Foothills will see some light rain with maybe some wet snowflakes mixed in, but no accumulations. Southside would stay rain.

It would have to get way colder and the system would have to be much stronger than models show right now for anything more than that.