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Roving Patrols Replacing Sobriety Checkpoints

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Police in central Virginia are changing their tactics to catch New Year's partiers who drink and drive.

Roving patrols are replacing sobriety checkpoints in places including Charlottesville. City police say social media and smartphone technology is making it too easy for people to share checkpoint locations and notify drivers where to avoid if they've had too much to drink.

“It used to be you had the phone call when someone would stop at a payphone and make the phone call as to where a sobriety checkpoint would be and notifying the bar people. Today, with social media and smartphone technology, that information can be text pretty quickly,” said Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts with the Charlottesville Police Department.

Charlottesville and Albemarle police warn extra officers are on-duty Tuesday night into the early morning hours.

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