Week-Long Impaired Driver Enforcement Effort Planned

HARRISBURG – With the official start to summer rapidly approaching, PennDOT, along with local and Pennsylvania State Police, are targeting impaired drivers during an enforcement crackdown from June 18-24.

Law enforcement will be conducting checkpoints and roving patrols during the wave.

Alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of 544 people on Pennsylvania’s roads in 2006, according to PennDOT.

A special focus of the campaign will be encouraging motorcyclists to ride sober, while also providing tips for motorcyclists to avoid other impaired
drivers. PennDOT statistics show 52 motorcycle operators lost their lives in 349 crashes in 2006. Impaired motorcycle crashes represent almost 10 percent of all motorcycle crashes, while the 52 fatalities account for nearly 30 percent of all motorcycle operator fatalities.
PennDOT invests approximately $4 million annually into DUI enforcement, which includes funding for more than 400 sobriety checkpoints around the state.

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