Local Police, Troopers Step Up DUI Patrols for Holiday

POTTSTOWN PA – Local police departments and state troopers are conducting impaired driving enforcement and education patrols across western Montgomery County now through the Labor Day holiday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania State Police reminded drivers Monday (Aug. 31, 2020).

The effort is intended to promote responsible, designated driving during the holiday, according to the agencies. Its goal is simple, PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said: “We are asking motorists to keep themselves, their passengers, and other motorists safe by designating a sober driver and not driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.”

During last year’s (2019) Labor Day holiday enforcement period, state statistics indicate:

  • Troopers made 610 DUI arrests and investigated 45 crashes in which alcohol was a factor;
  • There were 2,995 crashes resulting in 46 fatalities statewide over the holiday week that began Friday, Aug. 30 and ran through Sunday, Sept. 8; and
  • Of the total fatalities, 19 were alcohol-related and three were drug-related.

“Wherever you travel this holiday weekend, please slow down and buckle up,” state police Commissioner Col. Robert Evanchick said. “Travelers will notice a visible state police presence on the roads, with troopers taking a zero-tolerance approach toward impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving; as well as speeding.”

The DUI patrol expense is being covered by more than $4.7 million in funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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