ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19) -- ACPD says that residents will see an increased police presence this weekend. They urge party go-ers to establish designated drivers ahead of time. Follow all laws pertaining to firework safety and call a ride if you have had any substance that will alter your mental state 

“The biggest priority is just to be safe. Have fun, and enjoy your holiday weekend but do it safely. Whether you’re drinking, you’re having anything at a party, just driving normal things that you’re going to do, speeding, cell phones. Don’t have distractions, don’t drive fast, and just enjoy your holiday weekend and be safe,” said Dean Dotts, ACPD Sergeant.

During the 2022 Fourth of July weekend, there were 32 motor vehicle crashes and 0 fatal crashes. ACPD says they’re hoping for better this year.