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PA State Police begin 4th of July DUI crackdown

June 25, 2014

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police are engaged in a crackdown on drivers operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and it is scheduled to last through the busy 4th of July weekend through July 6.

“We work every day toward saving lives and ultimately putting ourselves out of business,” said C. Stephen Erni, executive director of the PA DUI Association. “Celebrate our great country but live to see the next 4th of July by making sure you don’t get behind the wheel, or handle bars, impaired.”

Law enforcement will be out patrolling and/or conducting checkpoints at various times throughout the enforcement period to protect responsible drivers and their families so they can enjoy the holiday without unexpected consequences caused by a DUI driver.

Pennsylvania’s blood alcohol concentration limit is .08%, but drivers can be arrested as well if they are incapable of safe driving under the influence of drugs, which can include over-the-counter medicines. Penalties can include loss of license, fines, court costs, education classes, towing, legal fees, ignition interlock and maybe even jail.