You better think twice before getting behind the wheel after having a few

NORFOLK – Police here will conduct a “safety checkpoint” Thursday night.

The checkpoint, which is part of the national “Operation Checkpoint Strikeforce” campaign, will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at an undisclosed location, police said.

Officers will be checking for impaired drivers along with other violations “that could potentially compromise the safety of others on the road,” police wrote n a news release.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided by the DMV Highway Selective Enforcement grant.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.