HARRISBURG PA – With what it calls the “festive holiday party season in full swing,” the Pennsylvania State Police and local police departments on Wednesday (Dec. 13, 2017) launched the latest edition of their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving enforcement campaign. It continues through Dec. 31 (Sunday), and targets drivers hindered by alcohol or other controlled substances.
Troopers and police officers from across western Montgomery County “will participate in dedicated (driving under the influence) patrols and checkpoints to identify and arrest impaired drivers,” according to Maj. Edward Hoke, director of the State Police Bureau of Patrol. “Don’t put yourself, your passengers, or others at risk by making the decision to drink and drive,” he warned.
Funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will help cover local police departments’ cost to add dedicated DUI patrols.
The latest effort to spot and stop DUI motorists features what Hoke said were certified drug recognition experts, “troopers who have received specialized training to distinguish the physiological signs of impairment caused by a wide range of controlled substances.”
Criminal penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania vary based on several factors, but may include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and even prison time.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation data shows that 297 people died in alcohol related crashes during 2016. Alcohol was a factor in 25 percent of traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania last year.
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