HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Association warns drivers to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" during the end of the summer parties, picnics and Labor Day weekend celebrations.
Law Enforcement will be conducting Stationary Checkpoints or Roving DUI Patrols throughout the Commonwealth of PA beginning Friday, August 15th and continuing through Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Pennsylvania DUI Task Forces are participating in the National Labor Day Crackdown along with the Pennsylvania State Police.
PennDOT data shows alcohol-related crashes are trending downward during the past decade and progress is being made in that area to save lives through education and enforcement, however, drug-related crashes are increasing each year. Law Enforcement made 50,464 DUI arrests in 2012, representing a slight increase from 50,413 in 2011.
Accordingly, of all DUI arrests, DUI-Drug arrests continue to climb, now accounting for about 30 percent of all those arrested. There were 14,953 Drugged driving arrests in 2012, compared to 13,907 in 2011.
The increase in arrests can be attributed to increased training and more Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) on our roadways helping to identify drivers that are under the influence of drugs, legal as well as illegal.
In 2012, there were 11,956 alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania, and in the same year, there were 3,306 drug-related crashes statewide, with 126 fatalities in those crashes. Fatalities in crashes involving a drinking driver decreased from 428 in 2011 to 404 in 2012.
Motor vehicle crashes and fatalities involving DUI and DUI-D are entirely preventable.
Currently there are 117 certified drug recognition experts in Pennsylvania and more than 6,000 officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, (ARIDE) in order to combat the drugged driving problems.