DUI checkpoints, roving patrols for Labor Day weekend

PennDOT and Warren County law enforcement are discouraging impaired driving — particularly this holiday weekend.

The Warren County DUI Task Force will have checkpoints and roving patrols this weekend.

There were thousands of crashes over the Labor Day weekend last year.

According to PennDOT data, there were more than 3,100 total crashes statewide over the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend; 314 of those were alcohol-related that resulted in 11 fatalities.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is partnering with the Pennsylvania DUI Association, Pennsylvania State Police, and local enforcement agencies to remind motorists to drive safe and sober, especially during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend,” Acting Press Officer Jill Harry said.

As part of the effort to decrease the number of alcohol- and drug-impaired crashes, PennDOT, and local law enforcement agencies are holding a statewide enforcement mobilization, which started Aug. 15 and runs through Sept. 3, 2018.

Police will be conducting roving patrols and checkpoints to detect any drivers impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescription medications.

Drivers are reminded to plan their travel home before drinking alcohol and to never drive while under the influence of illegal drugs. Motorists should also follow the warnings listed on any prescription or over-the-counter medications, as some medicines can impair driving abilities.

Crashes involving alcohol or drug impairment are entirely preventable, according to PennDOT. Motorists should keep their families, themselves, and other motorists safe by designating a sober driver before holiday celebrations begin, never driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, avoid distractions while driving, and always wear a seat belt.