Multi-State, Multi-Agency DUI Patrols Due Labor Day

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – With Labor Day holiday traffic volume predicted to return to near pre-pandemic levels, state law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware promised Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2022) they and local police departments would patrol in large numbers to find and arrest intoxicated drivers.

Enforcement details will be in operation through Sept. 5 (Monday), and authorities in all three states said drivers found with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher would be taken into custody.

“Whether you are traveling in or just passing through Pennsylvania, driving under the influence is 100-percent preventable,” Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol Director Maj. Robert Krol said. “Troopers … are trained to look for impaired driving behaviors and, consistent with our highway safety mission, have a zero-tolerance approach toward driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation data from 2021 shows there were 362 crashes and three fatalities within the Philadelphia region during last year’s four-day Labor Day travel period. Of those, 34 crashes and one fatality were related to impaired driving.

State Police recently reminded drivers in Pennsylvania that DUI convictions carry fines beginning at $300, plus court costs, for first offenses of general impairment. Penalties increase for repeat offenses and higher levels of impairment, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 plus prison time and a license suspension.

PennDOT and PA troopers, as well as representatives of New Jersey and Delaware state police, the Pennsylvania DUI Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Delaware River Port Authority, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and victim’s advocates Richard and Roseann DeRosa all participated in the Wednesday event to promote holiday safety.

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