DUI checkpoints praised as deterrent but don't yield the most arrests in Va.

By Jim Nolan and Bill Mckelway
Richmond Times-Dispatch
RICHMOND, Va. — On a moonlit spring evening in Mechanicsville, a detail of Hanover County sheriff's deputies and state troopers figured the timing was right.

It was Friday, the opening night of the long Memorial Day weekend -- prime time for nailing drunken drivers.

From 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. officers funneled nearly 800 cars through a sobriety checkpoint at the Hanover-Henrico county line on U.S. 360.

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