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New Year's DUI Arrests

Posted: Updated: Jan 1, 2013 07:45 AM EST

New Year's morning is the deadliest time for alcohol-related crashes, according to AAA.

That may not be the case in Charlottesville where police said this has been a safe holiday weekend.

Charlottesville police said starting at 5 p.m. Friday until midnight New Year's Eve, they had no arrests for driving under the influence. After midnight, however, they made one DUI arrest.

Police credited safe ride home programs like the ones sponsored by Allen & Allen and Chandler Law firms for the smaller amount of arrests.

Also, extra patrols were out New Year's Eve looking for impaired drivers. The police department handed out flyers outlining how much a DUI will cost a driver.

Police said that people out on the roads can also help to catch drunk drivers.

"If you see one on the highway pick up the phone, give us a call. Most people have a cell phone today. Give the 911 center a call so they know to send an officer to the area," said Charlottesville Police spokesman Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts.

All of the awareness and effort cracking down on drinking and driving has had an impact in past years as well. Last year Charlottesville and Albemarle reported no DUI arrests on New Year's Eve. 

Albemarle County police made two DUI arrests, including one driver who was involved in a head-on collision at the intersection of White Hall Road and Buck Road in Crozet.

Emergency Crews took both drivers to the University of Virginia Medical Center, and both are expected to recover.

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