Souderton Independent - - OBITUARIES -

State and lo­cal po­lice, along with Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, will take part in a na­tional en­force­ment ef­fort through La­bor Day on Sept. 3, tar­get­ing mo­torists driv­ing un­der the LQflXHQFH RI GUXJV RU al­co­hol, ac­cord­ing to a Pen­nDOT re­lease.

“As we re­mind mo­torists to drive sober for the La­bor Day hol­i­day, we also want to raise aware­ness of the grow­ing safety threat that drugged driv­ers present,” Pen­nDOT Sec­re­tary Barry J. Schoch is quoted. “While over­all DUI crashes are trend­ing down­ward, we’re see­ing a trou­bling in­crease in drug-re­lated crashes each year.

“Pen­nDOT sta­tis­tics for 2011 show there were 3,073 drug-re­lated crashes statewide, with 116 fa­tal­i­ties in those crashes. That marks an in­crease from 2005, when there were 2,073 drug-re­lated crashes and 89 fa­tal­i­ties in those crashes statewide,” the re­lease con­tin­ues. “In com­par­i­son, the same data shows that al­co­hol­re­lated crashes de­creased from 13,350 in 2005 to 11,778 in 2011. Fa­tal­i­ties in those crashes de­creased from 582 in 2005 to 425 in 2011.”

More in­for­ma­tion on im­paired driv­ing and 3HQQD27’V RWKHU WUDI­fiFsafety ini­tia­tives is avail­able at www.JustDrivePA. com.

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