Local Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for Festive Week

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – State police and transportation officials plan to step up regional efforts to enforce laws against impaired driving during the period surrounding the St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2023) holiday, they reported during an event in King of Prussia.

“If you’ve been drinking, make the smart choice to plan for a sober driver to get you and your friend’s home safely. Don’t let St. Patrick’s Day become an anniversary of a tragic night,” a spokesman warned Thursday (March 9) on the group’s behalf.

Pottstown area police departments acknowledged they would participate in the enforcement. Officers from Pottstown, Douglass (Montgomery), East Coventry, Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove, North Coventry, New Hanover, Royersford, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Providence, and West Pottsgrove will join a multi-jurisdictional DUI enforcement team that plans one or more sobriety checkpoint operations.

The potential dates and locations were not disclosed.

According to PennDOT data, there were 70 crashes involving an impaired driver in the Philadelphia region during the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. Two resulted in fatalities. All involved recommended designating, and relying on, a driver before you drink.

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