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).
Called “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.
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