Sept. 9 checkpoint nets two DUI arrests in 120 stops

Out of 120 checkpoint stops, the Warren County DUI Task Force only had to make two DUI arrests.

The Warren County DUI Task Force conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Route 6 in Youngsville on Sept. 9.

According to Task Force Coordinator Todd Mineweaser, officers conducted five field sobriety tests.

There were several other citations and arrests. Officers cited four people, including drivers and passengers, for open container violations, Mineweaser said. Four were arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Four vehicles were searched. One driver’s license was seized. Seven summary traffic citations were issued. Three written warnings were given. One driver was charged after he was found to be driving while his license was under suspension for DUI.

Officers identified three people who were wanted and served the appropriate warrants.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2016, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. highways,” Mineweaser said, “an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015.”

Of the fatalities, “10,497 were due to drunk drivers — nearly a 2 percent increase from 2015,” he said. Those were only alcohol-related fatalities.

Beyond illegal drug use, “some prescribed medications can impair you enough to be arrested for DUI,” he said. “Check with your doctor, pharmacist or local police.”

“Unbelted occupants and drivers accounted for 10,428 fatalities, speed was responsible for 10,111,” Mineweaser said. “There were over 5,000 motorcycle fatalities — a 5 percent increase last year.”

He cautioned motorists to be aware of pedestrians as the days grow shorter — “74 percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2015 occurred after dark.”

“The DUI Task Force is made up of Youngsville, Conewango and Warren police departments, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Warren County Adult Probation, and K-9 unit,” he said. “Our message is: ‘Don’t use drugs or alcohol before driving a motor vehicle. Buckle up, obey the speed limit, hang up your phones or electronics, wear helmets with bikes, and get plenty of rest before you travel.’ Stay safe on our roadways.”