Some motorists selected to make their holidays merrier by ingesting and driving over the Christmas weekend, leading to a pointy uptick within the variety of DUI arrests made by Pennsylvania State Police throughout a special enforcement period from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26.
Based on a information launch issued by the state police barracks at Bethlehem, troopers made 17 DUI arrests throughout that interval, which is 11 greater than they made in 2019. Particular enforcement initiatives had been curtailed in 2020 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The variety of crashes through the three-day Christmas interval elevated from 32 in 2019 to 37 this yr, in line with the information launch, and the variety of alcohol-related crashes ticked up from zero to 4. Moreover, one of many crashes was deadly. The variety of dashing citations additionally elevated from 82 in 2019 to 98 in 2021, troopers mentioned.
State police additionally introduced their particular enforcement initiative for the New 12 months’s weekend, which might be from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31 to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2.
Based on information shared within the information launch, state cops from Troop M made 13 arrests and investigated 23 crashes–together with two that had been decided to be alcohol associated–throughout the identical interval in 2019-2020.
The New 12 months’s enforcement is a part of state police’s security initiative PADEEP (Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Training Program), and they are going to be looking out for drivers who’re dashing, seat belt infractions and youngster security seat infractions, in addition to distracted drivers who could also be texting or utilizing a handheld cellular gadget whereas driving, the discharge mentioned. Troopers can even be looking out for impaired motorists as a part of STEADD (Selective Site visitors Enforcement Towards Drunk Drivers).
Legislation enforcement companies usually conduct sobriety checkpoints through the vacation season, when celebrations involving alcohol are extra frequent and thus drunk driving is extra prevalent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Based on the NHTSA, across the U.S. “through the New 12 months’s and Christmas intervals in 2018 there have been 285 drunk-driving-related fatalities,” all of which had been preventable.
Troop M patrols Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties out of stations situated in Bethlehem, Belfast, Fogelsville, Dublin and Trevose.