Drive Sober Or Be Pulled Over, PennDOT Warns

HARRISBURG PA – DUI task forces, state troopers, and local police departments – including several in Montgomery County – will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols as part of a Labor Day holiday effort to reduce alcohol-and drug-related crashes, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported Wednesday (Aug. 27, 2014).

Drive Sober Or Be Pulled Over, PennDOT WarnsCalled “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the initiative is being paid from part of $4.2 million in federal funds PennDOT received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Alcohol-related crashes are gradually decreasing, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch claimed, but drugged-driving crashes and fatalities continue to rise. PennDOT statistics for 2012 show there were 3,306 drug-related crashes statewide, with 126 fatalities. In 2013, there were 3,267 drug-related crashes with 143 fatalities.

During last year’s Labor Day weekend, there were 150 alcohol-related crashes and two fatalities, as well as 47 drug-related crashes and seven fatalities.

The legal blood-alcohol content in Pennsylvania is 0.08 for motorists over the age of 21. Driving under the influence penalties include jail time, license suspension and fines of between $500 and $5,000.

Photo from PennDOT

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