With the holiday season always comes an added danger for travelers on the
road, but this year, several Pennsylvania agencies are teaming up to keep
As Gant Daily reports, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control
Board (PLCB) are teaming up for "Operation Safe Holiday," a
multi-faceted effort to police drunk driving and enforce seat belt laws
for this Thanksgiving week through the 2016 New Year holiday.
"Unfortunately, the holiday season turns tragic for many families
due to crashes and deaths on our roadways," Leslie S. Richards, Secretary
of PennDOT, told the press. "While we’re partnering with law
enforcement and other safety partners, we urge the public to do their
part to keep the season safe—always buckle up and never drive impaired."
"Operation Safe Holiday" efforts will include sobriety checkpoints,
increased roving patrols, and a week-long Click It or Ticket seat belt
campaign that will run from November 23 to November 30. Additionally,
the PLCB will be heavily promoting the use of the U.S. Department of Transportation
and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "SaferRide"
app, which allows users who have been drinking to hail a taxi to their
location using their smartphone.
A Particularly Dangerous Time
2014 was a particularly alarming period for Pennsylvania when it came to
holiday traffic accidents. A total of 4,311 crashes and 39 fatalities
occurred just during the Thanksgiving period. During the Christmas and
New Year's period, another 4,184 crashes and 41 fatalities were recorded.
It is estimated that 1,039 of these crashes and 35 fatalities involved
impaired driving due to drugs or alcohol.
Android users can download the SaferRide app
here. Apple users can download it from iTunes
here. This holiday season, be sure to take other measures to stay off the road
if you've been drinking. Using designated drivers, ride-share apps
like Uber and Lyft, and even planning to stay the night with your hosts
can not only reduce the chances of any legal trouble, but make for a safer
holiday season for you and your community.
If you are facing an impaired driving charge this holiday season, contact us
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