Local DUI Team Enforcement Planned During Holiday

POTTSTOWN PA – Officers from 10 western Montgomery County police departments will participate through this week and next in a state-wide “Labor Day Impaired Driving Crackdown,” according to the Pennslyvania Department of Transportation, which is paying for the effort with federal funding. The agency said it hopes to “reduce impaired-driving crashes and fatalities” during the holiday and beyond.

Joining in the effort are the departments representing Pottstown Borough, and Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove, Limerick, Douglass, New Hanover, North and East Coventry, and Upper Providence townships. At least one sobriety checkpoint operation, and possibly others, will be conducted by a multi-jurisdictional driving-under-the-influence enforcement team.

Drivers are reminded “to designate a driver before heading out to celebrate the holiday. Law enforcement will be out looking for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. Drive sober or get pulled over,” Highway Safety Network spokesman Mike Diehl said during a Wednesday (Sept. 1) media conference on the campaign.

According to PennDOT data, last year there were 2,698 crashes resulting in 39 fatalities statewide over the holiday week beginning Sept. 4 (2020; Friday) at 6 p.m. and running through Sept. 13 (2020; Sunday). Of those numbers, 231 crashes resulting in 12 fatalities were alcohol-related, and 104 crashes resulting in three fatalities were drug-related.

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