PA crackdown on impaired driving through Labor Day

By Anna Norris

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PA crackdown on impaired driving through Labor Day

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) In an effort to reduce alcohol-and drug-related crashes, Pennsylvania law enforcement will be conducting statewide checkpoints and roving patrols throughout Labor Day weekend.

It's part of the national initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” according to the Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation.

"Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is unsafe and it’s against the law,” PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch said. “Although alcohol-related crashes have gradually decreased, drugged-driving crashes and fatalities continue to increase. Both remain our focus though Labor Day and beyond.”

During last year's Labor Day weekend in Pennsylvania, there were 150 alcohol-related crashes, with two fatalities, as well as 47 drug-related crashes and seven fatalities, PennDOT said.

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