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Only One DUI At Stop, But So Much More Too

SANATOGA PA – At a sobriety checkpoint conducted late last month by Lower Pottsgrove police and the Pottstown DUI Task Force, law enforcers made only one alcohol-related arrest for driving under the influence. Not much, Lower Pottsgrove Commissioner and former West Pottsgrove police chief Earl Swavely, acknowledges. But, he added Monday during the Board of Commissioners’ meeting, look what else the checkpoint yielded:

  • One drug-related DUI arrest;
  • A weapons arrest, involving a person carrying an unlicensed and loaded firearm, as well as drugs, in his car;
  • A warrant served to an individual wanted in another incident;
  • Four separate drug arrests involving marijuana or paraphernalia; and
  • 361 different driver contacts over a four-hour period.

“It’s important that people know how those other arrests, beyond the DUI, may have saved someone’s life,” Swavely said. Whether they agree or not with the practice of setting up somewhat intrusive and time-consuming checkpoints, he added, area residents often overlook “what really gets done in these operations. They keep the public safe.”

The commissioner offered his thoughts following Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz’s presentation of his monthly report on department operations. It included statistics compiled following the April 21 (2017; Friday) checkpoint in only the northbound lane of Armand Hammer Boulevard, in front of the A.D. Moyer lumber and hardware store.

Swavely praised Foltz and the task force for their efforts. Foltz noted the project was possible in part due to state and federal transportation funding that helped pay for overtime hours incurred by his officers.

Also during April, Foltz reported, the department issued 54 traffic citations for various violations within the construction zone of U.S. Route 422, in addition to those for:

  • Five expired vehicle inspections,
  • One expired vehicle registration,
  • Two seatbelt violations,
  • One driving with a suspended license, and
  • One regarding roadways laned for traffic.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ May 1 meeting):

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