Labor Day is a time when many Pennsylvania motorists are hitting the road for weekend getaways. Unfortunately, there also tends to be more impaired drivers on the road during the holiday weekend. In an effort to keep drunk and drugged drivers off the road, PennDOT is working with state and local police to crack down on impaired drivers. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort is part of a national initiative which runs through September 3rd.
The enforcement effort will include roving patrols and checkpoints. During Labor Day weekend last year there were more than 100 alcohol-related collisions, 22 drug-related collisions and three fatalities.
PennDOT is particularly concerned about the growing number of drivers under the influence of drugs. “While overall DUI crashes are trending downward, we’re seeing a troubling increase in drug-related crashes each year,” explained the PennDOT Secretary.
Last year, PennDOT data show there were over 3,000 drug-related auto accidents across the state, and 116 deaths from those crashes. This represents a sharp increase compared to 2005 where there were slightly over 2,000 drug-related traffic crashes, and 89 fatalities.
During that same time period alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents declined. In 2005, there were 13,350, and in 2011 there were 11,778. Alcohol-related fatalities also decreased from 582 to 425.
If you are injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk or drugged driver, a personal injury attorney can provide information about your rights, potential claims and steps you can take to hold those responsible accountable.
Source: WRTA, PennDOT, “Police Partner for Labor Day DUI Enforcement”
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