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State police release DUI campaign data

The Pennsylvania State Police Troop M – Bethlehem recently announced the results of its Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period, scheduled 12:01 a.m. Nov. 24 to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 28.

The safety initiative Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program targeted drivers who aggressively operated their motor vehicles in a manner which was dangerous to members of the public, which included speeding, seat belt violations and child seat belt infractions, during the enforcement period.

In addition, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers and Drug Recognition Expert troopers specifically focused on apprehending motorists who operated their motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

During the Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period of 2021, state troopers in Troop M, which includes Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties, investigated a total of 77 crashes and made 35 arrests for driving under the influence.

The enforcement period also included a DUI checkpoint at Race Street and Cascade Drive, Hanover Township, Nov. 24. The checkpoint resulted in two DUI arrests.

Motorists are reminded there will be increased patrols as part of the continuing effort by Pennsylvania State Police with regard to traffic safety throughout the holiday season and particularly during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

Motorists also are reminded, when they see flashing lights, slow down and steer clear because it is the law.