The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that it is teaming with state and local police for "Operation Safe Holiday" -- an initiative to enforce drunk driving and seat-belt laws in Pennsylvania throughout the holiday season. The operation is planning DUI checkpoints and roving patrols scheduled to run from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year's.
The Most Deadly Time of the Year
While the song may tell us that the holiday season is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," statistics suggest that it is "The Most Deadly Time of the Year" to be on the roadways.
"According to PennDOT data, the holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes. The Thanksgiving holiday period, including the weekends before and after the holiday as well as the day itself, experienced the highest number of crashes and fatalities of any major holiday season last year. A total of 4,328 crashes and 53 fatalities occurred statewide during the Thanksgiving period, while the Christmas and New Year's travel periods saw a combined 1,640 crashes and 19 fatalities.
Additionally, during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays, 861 of the statewide crashes involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, with 31 fatalities in those crashes. In that same time period there were 758 crashes with unbuckled occupants, with 36 fatalities in those crashes." (Source: PennDot "News Release" 11/22/13.)
Holiday Travel Tips
In the "Operation Safe Holiday" news release, PennDOT has offered motorists a number of safety tips:
- Don't Drink & Drive. Designate a sober driver before attending holiday parties. This will help eliminate impaired decision-making that is made following the consumption of alcohol.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Avoid distracted driving, texting and driving, and use of mobile devices while driving.
- Plan for extra travel time in anticipation of possible delays due to heavy traffic volume.
Check weather reports and plan accordingly.
Despite appropriate planning or the best of intentions, sometimes life happens and mistakes follow. When an exercise of poor judgement results Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges, don't follow one mistake up with another.
The journey through the criminal justice system is not one that any person should make alone. If you or someone you care about has been accused of drunk driving, contact an experienced PA DUI Defense Lawyer at Shawn Curry Law.
Located in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, DUI Defense Attorney Shawn Curry is geographically positioned to help people charged with impaired driving throughout Central and South Central PA.