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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PennDOT, Safety Partners Encourage Safety during Labor Day

​Montoursville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Community Traffic Safety Project, the Lycoming County DUI Advisory Council and local police today held a news conference at the Central Processing Center at the Old Lycoming township Police Department as part of the Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Police across the state will be participating in the national campaign August 17 through September 5. Participating agencies will be conducting roving patrols and checkpoints. Efforts will include combatting drug-impaired driving which accounted for 50 percent of DUI arrests in 2015.

Among the speakers at the news conference were Corporal Morris Sponhouse of the Old Lycoming Township Police Department and Carol Sides, Chair of the Lycoming County DUI Advisory Council.

Driving under the influence of legal drugs can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. Medications can have side effect that make driving unsafe, such as dizziness, blurred vision and drowsiness. These side effects can be exaggerated when combined with alcohol and cause greater impairment.

During the 2015 Labor Day holiday, there were 3,038 crashes in Pennsylvania, an increase from the 2,721 crashes the previous year. In those crashes there were 29 fatalities, 11 of those were alcohol related. In addition to the human toll, the financial impact can be devastating. In 2010, impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion. Crashes involving DUI are entirely preventable. PennDOT encourages you to always plan ahead by either designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation.

For local updates on Twitter visit https://twitter.com/511PAStateColl and follow PennDOT on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews.

For more information about impaired driving and traffic safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety
or call 570-368-8686.

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