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Sobriety Checkpoints, Speed Traps Planned For Holiday Season

Police and PennDOT are joining forces to keep the roads safe this holiday season.

Information provided by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:

Harrisburg – PennDOT and police statewide are joining forces for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement aimed at keeping roadways safe this holiday season.

The operation is under way, beginning with statewide Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement. Through the New Year, police will also use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving aggressively or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

“Every year we see an increase in travel during the holiday season, and unfortunately we also see more crashes,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “If we all take the simple steps to buckle up, take our time and drive safe and sober, the holidays will be safer for everyone on Pennsylvania’s roadways.”

PennDOT reports that the holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes. There were 4,235 crashes and 49 fatalities last year during the Thanksgiving travel period, which includes the weekends before and after the holiday. During the Christmas and New Year travel periods, there were a combined 1,994 crashes and 19 fatalities.

PennDOT encourages motorists to make sure they are well-rested and alert before traveling. Travelers should also rotate drivers and take frequent breaks.

Motorists should allow extra time for travel and expect to encounter traffic delays. As weather and road conditions can worsen quickly at this time of year, motorists should always check the forecast for their entire route and make sure their vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit and tires with good traction.

Weather and travel information for more than 2,900 miles of state roads is available by calling 511 or visiting www.511pa.com before leaving home.

Joe from Willistown December 03, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Kevin answer my questions: 1. When did your people come here? 2. What did they want to get from the Americans? 3. What is your price for obedience to your masters? 4. Do you think getting drunk is more important than Liberty? Actually, you already answered that. I am not sorry that this discussion is over your head, but that's the way it goes in a free society. Even those without suitable basis are allowed to spout opinions, emotional though they be. As for me being a troll, I sign my true name to my comments and am fully answerable for them. You are anonymous, sniping from the bushes as it were, specializing in name calling, emotional outbursts, mean-spiritedness and other qualities associated with the lower classes. Frankly, the last few years have been very educational in that regard. As money tightens and stress increases, more and more people shed their disguises to reveal their true personalities. In your case, you are a submissive with a mean streak. You have a lot of company among the so-called "law and order" crowd which really resembles a tribal affinity more than any volunteer application of civil society. So Kevin, you and Bob have your point of view and as United States citizens you are entitled to it. As an American -- a blood descendant of the people that invented the U.S.A.-- I think you could not be more wrong if you tried. So you can bow and scrape all you want. Its a free country, even for you.
Dannytheman December 03, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I am jumping in late and agreeing wholeheartedly with Joe Ames. These DUI checkpoints RARELY catch drunks. They do get people for outstanding warrants, like Philly parking tickets, registrations of cars expired, missed State inspection, etc. They do not make anyone safe. Most of you are not smart enough to understand what freedom is. Thank's Mr. Ames
citizenknow December 03, 2012 at 11:30 PM
That's just wrong. DUI checkpoints do not run driver's for warrants. I've been through plenty. They engage in a short conversation with you and if they suspect more then you are moved aside for field sobriety tests. Running every driver through the system would take entire too long.
Anthony Wayne December 04, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Kevin, I had to read your post and the reply several times and yet I still believe that you are not kidding. I then thought that your position was simply inflamitory, intended to get a rise, but no, you say that someone who takes the position that the proper role of government should cast a smaller shadow is a "troll"? To save The Constitution for arguments more serious? Liberty this and patriotism that? That you lack "an understanding of the limits" is no surprise. You said "if you ignore the troll, he will go away". Kevin, if you ignore The Constitution, it will go away, in fact it's almost gone now thanks to those of your ilk. Your thoughts, which I believe are genuine, awards you the "poster child" for what is wrong in amerika today. Please reply with a recent photo enabling that poster to accurately reflect the author of such unthinking blather. Seventy years ago you would have made a great Brownshirt, your parents must be so proud. P.S. There is still time to delete your nonsense, think before you type.
Mike M December 04, 2012 at 10:46 AM
@ Citizen: I can't agree with you. DUI checkpoints are used a fishing trips for all types of arrests. Here is a link to one in Maryland from Thanksgiving of this year. http://www.somdnews.com/article/20121128/NEWS/711289699/1057/drunk-driving-arrests-made-over-thanksgiving-holiday&template=southernMaryland The Police detained 8900 motorists. Only a few more than 1% were cited for DUI. Twice as many were arrested for drug and criminal charges. It would seem the checkpoint accomlished something other than its stated purpose.

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