Western MontCo Patrols Looking For DUIs
KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Western Montgomery County police departments and Pennsylvania State Police will conduct driving-under-the-influence checkpoints and roving patrols in local municipalities through Labor Day (Sept. 5, 2016) as part of a high-visibility effort to combat impaired driving, speakers at a Thursday (Sept. 1) press conference said.
The 2016 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will be paid for with a statewide distribution of more than $4.7 million in funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The money will cover police overtime, equipment and other associated costs.
During last year’s Labor Day holiday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 315 alcohol-related crashes and 13 fatalities on state highways, as well as 106 drug-related crashes and five fatalities. PennDOT urged the public to help keep impaired drivers off roads and waterways.
Just as with vehicles, it is illegal to operate a watercraft on all the waters of the Commonwealth while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
Thursday’s press conference involved representatives from PennDOT, the U.S. Coast Guard, the state Fish and Boat Commission, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other law enforcement agencies.
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