Expect Roving DUI Patrols, Checkpoints Week of Thanksgiving

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PennDOT announced Thursday that the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Taskforce will conduct impaired driving enforcement operations during its Thanksgiving holiday mobilization period, which runs from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30.

“These operations include sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols,” the announcement said. “The Thanksgiving holiday represents one of the heaviest travel periods of the year and typically has the highest number of impaired driving crashes.”

According to the news release, this year marks the 15th year the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force has been in existence, and to date hundreds of enforcement activities have been conducted, resulting in hundreds of DUI arrests.

The task force is comprised of dozens of police departments from throughout the
Lehigh Valley along with PennDOT, business community and health care

In addition to reducing the number of DUIs on area roads, the task force is committed to reducing the number of impaired driving crashes, injuries and fatalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties by:

• Educating the public on the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and DUI laws
• Deterring motorists from driving after consuming alcohol or drugs
• Apprehending those who violate the laws of the Commonwealth

The operations are part of the Pennsylvania High Visibility Enforcement Program and are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s statewide distribution of $4.6 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Visit www.justdrivePA.com for more information.

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