State and local police in Lansdale and Montgomery Township will be extra vigilant through the 4th of July holiday and on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, according to a release from PennDOT.
“Many people will celebrate and travel for the Independence Day holiday,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs puts your life and the lives of those around you in danger. Designate a driver ahead of time or arrange for a ride home – just don’t drive unless you’re sober.”
According to the release, the initiative is part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement initiative, funded with part of $4.2 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Precautions will include checkpoints and roving patrols, the release said. According to PennDOT statistics, there were 897 crashes and 14 fatalities during last year's 4th of July travel period. Of those, 146 crashes and six fatalities were alcohol-related. Increased enforcement will continue through July 8.