KING OF PRUSSIA PA – “Operation Safe Holiday,” an exercise that includes a combination of regional enforcement efforts to encourage safe driving through the holiday season, launched Tuesday (Nov. 21, 2017) and in coming weeks is expected to involve police departments in Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove, and Limerick townships, the borough of Pottstown, and Pennsylvania State Police.
During a media conference, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials discussed the use of sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, and regular traffic safety patrols to target motorists who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol into the new year. Its funding for increased traffic safety enforcement will be distributed among “hundreds of municipal police departments statewide,” it said.
PennDOT data indicates the winter holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes. In 2016, there were 8,608 crashes and 79 fatalities statewide during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year travel periods. Of those, 1,072 crashes and 27 fatalities were related to impaired driving.
PennDOT encouraged drivers “to always plan ahead by either designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation.”
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