Law en­force­ment to pa­trol for im­paired driv­ers

The statewide In­de­pen­dence Day Mo­bi­liza­tion runs through July 4

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (Pen­nDOT) an­nounced that Penn­syl­va­nia’s DUI Task Forces, the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice and mu­nic­i­pal po­lice de­part­ments from Bucks, Ch­ester, Delaware and Mont­gomery coun­ties will con­duct im­paired-driv­ing en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties as part of a statewide In­de­pen­dence Day Mo­bi­liza­tion which runs through July 4.

Po­lice will tar­get im­paired driv­ers un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs us­ing rov­ing pa­trols and check­points to en­force Penn­syl­va­nia’s DUI laws.

Pen­nDOT data shows that in 2017, there were 12,137 im­paired driv­ing-re­lated crashes in Penn­syl­va­nia, a de­crease from the 12,757 such crashes in 2016. Over the In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day pe­riod last year, there were 2,902 crashes and 40 fa­tal­i­ties statewide. Of those, 273 crashes and 10 fa­tal­i­ties were im­paired driv­ing-re­lated.

While the num­ber of al­co­hol-im­paired driv­ing crashes statewide have de­creased in re­cent years, drug-im­paired driv­ing crashes con­tinue to in­crease. Ac­cord­ing to Pen­nDOT data, in 2017 there were 4,301 drug re­lated crashes and 145 fa­tal­i­ties statewide, an in­crease from the 4,143 crashes and 153 fa­tal­i­ties in 2016. Over the In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day pe­riod last year, there were 108 drug re­lated crashes, re­sult­ing in five fa­tal­i­ties.

Law En­force­ment agen­cies will also be con­duct­ing mo­bi­liza­tions on Penn­syl­va­nia’s wa­ter­ways to en­force the state’s BUI laws. Boaters can be ar­rested for BUI while op­er­at­ing any wa­ter­craft if they are in­ca­pable of safe op­er­a­tion re­gard­less of any blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion (BAC) of al­co­hol and or drugs.

Pen­nDOT en­cour­ages peo­ple to al­ways plan ahead by ei­ther des­ig­nat­ing a sober driver or ar­rang­ing for al­ter­nate trans­porta­tion.

To learn more about Pen­nDOT’s ef­forts to pre­vent im­paired driv­ing or other safety ini­tia­tives, visit www.pen­ndot.gov/safety.

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