HARRISBURG PA – Teams of local police officers and other area law enforcers will be out on roads across Greater Pottstown during the coming Independence Day holiday, looking for vehicle operators and motorcycle riders who exhibit signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the executive director of the state DUI Association warned Monday (June 23, 2014).
Too many drivers tend to ignore the law and put themselves and others sharing the road at risk of injury and death as a result of intoxication, the Harrisburg-based association’s C. Stephen Erni said.
He noted that police departments, in and surrounding Pottstown and elsewhere in the state, “will be out patrolling and conducting checkpoints at various times throughout the DUI enforcement period (July 3-6) to protect responsible drivers and their families.”
Pennsylvania’s blood alcohol concentration limit is .08 percent. However, Erni added, drivers and riders can be arrested if they are merely incapable of safe driving under the influence of drugs, which can include over-the-counter medicines. Penalties can include a loss of license, fines, court costs, education classes, towing, legal fees, ignition interlock (for second offenses) and possibly jail.
The association offered these tips:
- Responsible adults should plan a safe way home before leaving for any activity involving the consumption of alcohol. Check with a pharmacist if you’re unsure a drug you are prescribed could cause impairment, especially if combined with alcohol.
- Before you take the first drink, designate a sober driver.
- If you see a vehicle acting unusually on the roadway, contact your local police or state police, and take caution driving near them.
- Stop someone, even if they tell you they are fine and you know they are not, from driving. Make arrangements for them to get home safely.
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