Troopers, Police, PennDOT Enforce Highway Safety

HAVERFORD PA – “Operation Safe Holiday,” a concerted effort by state, county, and local law enforcers to ensure travelers in Pennsylvania are as safe as possible during the Thanksgiving holiday period, kicked off Monday (Nov. 14, 2022). Expect troopers, deputies, and officers to check for proper seatbelt use, and to target inebriated or texting drivers, through Nov. 27 (Sunday).

Pennsylvania law requires any occupant younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle. That applies to drivers and front-seat passengers, too. Children younger than 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat; children younger than 4 four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat; and children younger than 8 must ride in a booster seat.

Officers will look “for a variety of traffic violations” during the holiday periods as well. Travelers can do their part by remembering to slow down, move over, never drive impaired or distracted, and always buckle up,” state Trooper Jessica Tobin said at a Tuesday (Nov. 15) press conference in Haverford to emphasize the importance of safe driving.

Additionally, law enforcement units also will conduct sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, and regular traffic safety patrols beginning next Wednesday (Nov. 23). They are scheduled to persist through the New Year’s holiday, as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hopes to crack down on drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

“Please do not ruin this wonderful season by making the mistake of driving impaired,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer urged. “With the widespread availability of ride share services, there are simply no excuses to endangering yourself and others by driving impaired.”

PennDOT cited data showing there were 472 crashes, resulting in seven fatalities, in the Philadelphia region during last year’s (2021) Thanksgiving travel period. Of those, it said, 50 crashes and one fatality were impaired-driving related.

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