Be Sober Over The Weekend, Or Be Arrested

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Local police officers and Pennsylvania state troopers will be out on highways across Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties this Labor Day weekend, according to the state Department of Transportation, looking to keep drivers safe with aggressive enforcement of driving under the influence laws.

“Even though the number of people killed in drug- and alcohol-related crashes decreased last year, we and law enforcement will not reduce our efforts to make Pennsylvania roads safer,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Enforcement and education efforts occur year-round, but will be especially focused through the upcoming holiday travel period.”

Pottstown police, regional DUI task forces, the state police, and other agencies are expected to conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement initiative.

During the 2014 Labor Day weekend, according to PennDOT’s district office in King of Prussia, there were 144 alcohol-related crashes and 16 fatalities, as well as 44 drug-related crashes and three fatalities. State data also indicates alcohol-related crashes decreased from 11,023 in 2013 to 10,586 in 2014. Fatalities in those crashes decreased from 369 in 2013 to 360 in 2014.

Statewide police statistics show that there were 52,636 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in 2014, a decrease from 54,121 in 2013. DUI-drug arrests continue to account for a larger percentage of these arrests, with 20,691 such arrests in 2014, an increase from 18,987 in 2013.

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

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