Thursday, March 12, 2015


For Immediate Release

Traffic Information FOr Shamrock 4miler

The Shamrock 4-miler will be held this Friday, March 13, 2015 in downtown Abingdon.  This is a large event that originates at the Abingdon Farmer's Market on Remsburg Drive.  Remsburg Drive will be closed at 3 p.m. on Friday to allow for set up of the timer station and event registration area. Remsburg Drive will remain closed until 11 p.m. Friday night.  

The event begins at 7 p.m. and follows a course through downtown Abingdon.  Traffic will be slowed, delayed and diverted to allow participants to safely complete the four mile course. 
Please expect delays on the following streets after 7 p.m. for this event:

Remsburg Drive
Cummings Street
Wall Street
Depot Square
West Main Street
Plum Alley
Valley Street
College Street
Church Street
Oak Street
Pecan Street
Court Street
Tanner Street
Whites Mill Road  
Deadmore Street
Hutton Street
Cambridge Street
Rugby Terrace
Oxford Street
Henderson Court  
Walden Road
Jefferson Circle
Boone Street
Thompson Drive
Park Street
Railroad Street  
A Street

Please remain alert for participants and obey the instructions of the officers and staff providing traffic control. 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Be a Saint. Drive Sober.

Be a Saint. Drive Sober.

St. Patrick’s Day Is One of the Deadliest Days of the Year Because of Drunk Driving

ABINGDON, VA—St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2013 (6 p.m., March 16 to 5:59 a.m., March 18), more than a third (40%) of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. The night of March 17—St. Patrick’s Day—was especially bad. In the post-celebration hours between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. And we’re not just talking about a little bit too much to drink here; from 2009 to 2013, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day involved drivers who were twice the legal limit. So whether you’re buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober.

In 2013, there were 31 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day. All in all, during the St. Patty’s Day period from 2009 to 2013, there have been 276 drunk-driving fatalities. Every one of those lives was lost because of bad decisions.

Police Chief Sullivan offered this advice to partygoers: “Get ahead of the decision this year. If you know you’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol, then figure out a plan ahead of time for how you’ll get home. Don’t wait until you’re too buzzed to decide, and don’t let your friends drive drunk.” Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, so if you have anything to drink, count on a sober friend, taxi, or public transportation to drive you home safely. Not drinking? Maybe this St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be the saint who drives your friends sober.

The bottom line is this: Too many Americans fail to designate sober drivers. NHTSA is working hard to make sure every driver knows the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking. According to NHTSA, in 2013 on average one person was killed every 52 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States.  That totaled 10,076 drunk-driving fatalities that year.
Let’s make 2015 different. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.    
§  NOW: Even if you don’t have plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else to. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.
§  WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS: A sober driver is an essential part of any party plan. Once you know where you’ll celebrate, decide whether you’re drinking or driving. You can only choose one.
§  ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you’re the designated driver, don’t drink. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hashtag #designateddriver. Only drive sober or ride with a sober driver.
§  EVERY DAY: If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Drunk driving has fatal consequences. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police immediately. You could save a life.

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Are You Drinking or Driving This St. Patrick’s Day?


Choose Before You Booze
Are You Drinking or Driving This St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day Reality Check
For too many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. Over St. Patrick’s Day weekends from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.
In 2013, two out of five crash fatalities over St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk driving.
In the post-party hours between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2013, a staggering 55 percent of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
The situation isn’t improving, either. On St. Patty’s Day in 2013, there were 31 people killed in drunk-driving crashes.
Plan Ahead to Stay Alive
Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable.
Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.
If you’re planning on drinking, now is the time to arrange your ride home. When you head out, leave your keys at home or give them to your sober driver.
If you’re planning on driving that night, commit to staying sober.
Look up a local taxi company, and save their number in your phone. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan.
A sober driver will be your luckiest charm this St. Patrick’s Day.

There’s No Such Thing as “OK to Drive”
If you wait until you’ve been drinking on St. Patrick’s Day to decide how you’ll get home, you’re not OK to drive.
Even if you’ve only had a couple of drinks, you may be impaired and shouldn’t drive. Remember, Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
As a driver, you’re either sober or you’re not. Don’t tell yourself or others that you’re OK to drive after you’ve been drinking.
In every state, it is illegal to drive while impaired by alcohol.  Impairment begins before the .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit set by every state. The majority of drunk drivers are way over that limit. From 2009 to 2013, three out of four drunk-driving fatalities occurred with drivers who were more than double the legal limit.
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
If available, use your community’s free ride program [insert your local sober ride specifics here].
Important Things to Remember
Alcohol affects everyone differently. Varying factors such as beverage alcohol content, body weight, food consumption, and number of drinks per hour, can change your BAC at a different rate than someone else’s. The only way to know you can drive is to stay sober.
Walking impaired is dangerous just like drunk driving.  In 2013, 34 percent of the pedestrians involved in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher. Get a sober friend to walk home with you.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law enforcement. You could save a life. A third of all crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers.
If you know someone who is about to drive drunk or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, take the keys away. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving…and It Will Cost You

Fast-forward to March 18th. What will you be doing?
A. Sleeping off a fun night? or
B. Sitting in jail, the hospital, or the morgue because you drove drunk?

It’s a simple choice. Choosing to drive drunk can ruin or end your life or someone else’s.

This St. Patrick’s Day, if you drink and drive, you are looking at jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

Think cab fare is too expensive? Worried about your car being towed or ticketed if you leave it somewhere overnight? Those are weak excuses, considering the average DUI costs about $10,000. Wouldn’t you rather pay for a taxi?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Abingdon Police Department Monthly Reports- 2015

The Abingdon Police Department is continuously trying to improve our services to the public. As part of that effort, we will now post our monthly reports for you to view. Click the links below to access each report- 


Access our 2014 Annual Report

The Abingdon Police Department has released the following report on the Impact of Mental Health Cases on Local Law Enforcement Agencies.