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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.