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"Operation Safe Holiday" to Crackdown on Drunk Driving

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 drivers safer. 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 Curcillo Law, LLC today. Our dedicated and proven Harrisburg DWI/DUI defense attorneys have more than 90 years of collective criminal defense experience. We know what it takes to thoroughly assess these cases, determine any viable defense avenues, and navigate our clients to the most favorable outcome possible.

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Categories: DWI / DUI
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