A special DUI enforcement campaign is underway in Pennsylvania heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend. PennDOT has distributed federal funds to state and local police departments to help crackdown on impaired driving. The campaign is called the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative. It’s part of a nationwide enforcement effort to crackdown on drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters says more than 600 municipal departments and state police are involved in the effort. She says they want to draw attention to the fact that police will be out there doing checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for impaired drivers.
Waters says the campaign started on August 19th and will continue through Labor Day. She says they typically see an uptick in impaired driving during nicer weather and large holidays. She says people go to social functions, then get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t drive.
During the Labor Day holiday weekend last year, there were 169 alcohol-related crashes and five fatalities.