Drivers will notice an increase in the number of law enforcement officials and vehicles across Pennsylvania throughout the Fourth of July holiday and the following weekend.
It’s all part of a nationwide “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over” initiative, which runs through July 8, and it’s an effort to make Pennsylvania highways safer during the holiday.
According to PennDOT data, there were 355 alcohol-related crashes and 20 fatalities involved in those crashes from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 8 of last year. Those numbers marked increases of 30 accidents and six fatalities from the previous year, 2011.
In addition to stepped-up enforcement on Pennsylvania roadways, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says their Waterways Conservation Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired watercraft operators. Statistics show that sixty people were arrested for boating under the influence in this state last year. As in cases of DUI offenses, BUI penalties can include jail time and fines.