(WBNG Binghamton) The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Association reminds drivers and boaters that celebrating Independence Day with family and friends should mean an enjoyable time is shared by everyone, not time spent in handcuffs, the hospital or worse - the morgue.
According to a news release:
Pennsylvania's DUI Task Forces funded by PennDOT and federal highway safety dollars are gearing up for checkpoints, roving patrols and general DUI deterrence events all across the state until and continuing through July 7.
Drug Recognition Expert officers will also be working throughout the enforcement period if an officer determines a driver may be impaired on a substance other than alcohol.
Law enforcement across Pennsylvania will be participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in the effort to focus on keeping families safe from impaired drivers surrounding the 2013 Independence Day travel and boating holiday period.
Last year, July 4th was a Wednesday. Impaired driving-related crashes and fatalities from the period of Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 8 reveal that 355 impairment-related crashes occurred resulting in twenty persons needlessly losing their lives.
Driving under the influence goes beyond alcoholic beverage consumption; driving impaired is under the influence of any substance that impairs a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle, motorcycle or boat safely which can result in a DUI or BUI (boating under the influence) arrest.