There are a lot of warning signs you read about when holiday weekends arrive.


Many are motorist advisories about dealing with holiday traffic and making sure that the trips you take with your families are safe ones.


Then there are other warnings which are more seasonal.


On the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you get tips on how to handle fireworks and the proper procedures to follow so there are no injuries.


There are a lot of warning signs you read about when holiday weekends arrive.

Many are motorist advisories about dealing with holiday traffic and making sure that the trips you take with your families are safe ones.

Then there are other warnings which are more seasonal.

On the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you get tips on how to handle fireworks and the proper procedures to follow so there are no injuries.

Yet one of the biggest advisories — or warning signs — deals with an issue that pops up every holiday — and pretty much every day of the year.

That’s driving under the influence of alcohol.
State Police are setting up DUI sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

They are getting the message out now to try and deter people from making a mistake that, at worst, could cost them their lives, those of their loved ones or of someone else.

State Police are hoping to promote public safety and help protect  motorists from intoxicated drivers.

You’ll see lots of police around over the next few days so be mindful of your speed.

But really be mindful when it comes to mixing drinking and driving.

The Pennsylvania State Police from Troop R, Honesdale will be conducting DUI sobriety checkpoints and DUI roving patrols this upcoming weekend on the roadways.

They will target ones in Wayne County and the region which experience a high rate of DUI related offenses and DUI related crashes.

As usually is the case, these sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols will be conducted with a zero tolerance enforcement policy.

Before drinking and driving, motorists should consider that Pennsylvania’s DUI laws prescribe a legal limit of .08 percent blood alcohol concentration.

And if you’re going to get stopped, it could be really costly.
DUI is a misdemeanor offense.

Penalties can range 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 include driver’s license suspensions of up to 18 months, attendance at Alcohol Highway Safety schools and mandatory ignition interlock systems.

Those are high prices to pay for getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.

Have a good time this holiday weekend.
Just stay out of harm’s way.