State Police Plan Labor Day Weekend DUI Checkpoint

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Pennsylvania State Police at Bethlehem said Wednesday that they will conduct a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Lehigh County or Northampton County between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7, during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

A driver is administered a breath test at a DUI checkpoint (FILE PHOTO).

A driver is administered a breath test at a DUI checkpoint. (FILE PHOTO)

Police said in a news release that the checkpoint will be used to identify motorists exhibiting “behaviors normally associated with alcohol or drug-impaired drivers.”

“The goal of a sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related fatal and serious crashes, and to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on Pennsylvania’s highways,” they added.

According to the report “2014 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics,” in 2014 there were 10,550 alcohol-related crashes on roads in the commonwealth, which was a decrease from the total number of alcohol-related crashes in 2013 (11,041).

“In 2014, alcohol-related deaths decreased to 333 from 381 alcohol-related deaths in 2013,” the report indicated.

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