PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Officers are warning individuals to not drive below the affect this vacation season.
A DUI dedication tree is decked out with lights, bulbs and bows, however they’ve a deeper that means.
“You’ll see 971 lights. These lights characterize all impaired crashes in Allegheny County in 2020,” mentioned Jim Garrity, the AAA East Central public affairs director. “Tragically, you’ll see 13 gold bulbs representing fatalities in Allegheny County as a consequence of driving below the affect.”
The 101 crimson bows characterize the vacation impaired crashes in 2020.
DRIVE SOBER: PennDOT & Allegheny Co. Security Companions are warning individuals to not drive below the affect throughout the holidays.
This DUI dedication tree represents the impaired crashes and lives misplaced in 2020. They count on extra individuals on the highway this yr.
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“You’re going to see 13% extra individuals touring this Thanksgiving. Alarmingly, that might be 13% greater numbers than what we see on this tree behind us,” mentioned Garrity.
That’s why PennDOT and the Allegheny County Security Companions are warning individuals to not drive below the affect.
They kicked off their Operation Protected vacation marketing campaign Tuesday on the Monroeville Mall forward of one of many largest consuming days of the yr.
“There’s completely no excuse to get behind the wheel impaired, whether or not that’s by alcohol or medication,” mentioned Yasmeen Manyisha, the PennDOT security press officer. “You’re actually placing your self and everybody else on the highway in danger.”
PennDOT additionally needs drivers to comprehend medication are an issue too since 60% of DUI crashes concerned medication in 2018.
Their finest recommendation: keep house or plan forward.
“If you understand you’re going to have enjoyable this weekend and also you assume you could need to have a number of drinks, have a buddy who’s going to be accountable and get you from level A to level B,” mentioned Manyisha.
Allegheny County police and native and state police say they’ll enhance patrols and sobriety checkpoints beginning Wednesday to ensure everyone seems to be secure behind the wheel.