Eleven Local Police Agencies Hunting DUI Violators

POTTSTOWN PA – Eleven western Montgomery County police departments will take to area highways during this week, they said, in a coordinated effort to catch individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Their goal: to reduce DUI-related accidents by deterring intoxicated drivers.

Alcohol-related fatalities account for nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Checkpoints will be established at undisclosed locations by the multi-jurisdictional “Team DUI,” as the enforcement group is known. It consists of officers from the Pottstown, Douglass (Montgomery), East Coventry, Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove, North Coventry, New Hanover, Royersford, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Providence and West Pottsgrove police departments.

The cost of their work will be covered in large part by state and federal subsidies. At least one safety sobriety checkpoint is already planned, and others may be set-up quickly. Officers said they will enforce all liquor law violations, with a specific emphasis on under-age consumption and the purchase of alcohol by minors.

Several of the same departments just completed working on Labor Day holiday enforcement against aggressive drivers. They, too, received federal and state funding.

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