State Police from the Blooming Grove PSP barracks will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols on various roads around Pike County this weekend.




State Police from the Blooming Grove PSP barracks will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols on various roads around Pike County this weekend.

The operation is intended to help protect the motoring public from drunk drivers, says Lieutenant James Schultz, commander of the barracks.

Patrols and checkpoints will be conducted with a zero tolerance policy, Schultz said; so before drinking and driving, consider this:

• A 0.08 percent Blood Alcohol Concentration is the legal limit for alcohol in a driver’s bloodstream.

• DUI is a misdemeanor with penalties ranging from a $300 fine with six months’ probation all the way up to fines of $5,000 with prison sentences of up to five years.

• Sentences can also include driver’s license suspension of up to 18 months, attendance at Alcohol Highway Safety Schools and mandatory ignition interlock systems.
According to recent PennDOT statistics, more than 14,500 DUI crashes are reported annually statewide, killing 544 people and injuring 13,454 others.

On average in Pennsylvania 40 DUI crashes are reported daily, with 1.4 deaths and 37 injuries.

A DUI crash is five times more likely to result in death than one not involving alcohol.