According to the PennDOT press release cited in the above article, the crackdown starts TODAY (March 11, 2016) and will run through March 19th. Similar to the New Year’s Eve Crackdown in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, PennDOT’s efforts will largely be in the form of DUI Checkpoints and roving police patrols. The major difference? This time, the efforts are extending beyond just Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Instead, PennDOT is unleashing a more full-scale DUI task force comprising SEVENTY (70) police departments throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
The Chadds Ford Live article highlights a feature of Pennsylvania’s DUI Laws which cannot be ignored: For normal drivers of a legal age (those without a special operating privilege), the legal alcohol limit is .08. However, that limit drops down to .04 for commercial drivers and .02 for school bus operators. For all drivers, but especially those in the lower blood alcohol brackets, it is critical to realize that excessive drinking during a late night may still have residual effects the following morning!
To understand the reason for the crackdown, consider the following (albeit somewhat outdated) statistic provided by the Pennsylvania DUI Association: 2 out of every 5 crashes over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2013 involved drunken driving, with 31 people killed by drunk drivers.
For many, whether they’re Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day and the associated events represents a time to celebrate with family and friends. However, it cannot be overstated how important it is to be smart and safe. Happy (early) St. Patrick’s Day from Howland Hess O’Connell! Please be safe!
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