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Holiday enforcement results

Pennsylvania State Police authorities recently announced the results of traffic enforcement for the New Year’s holiday.

In a media release, authorities said troopers in Troop M, which includes Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties, investigated 32 crashes and made 25 arrests for driving under the influence between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 31, 2021 and 11:59 p.m. Jan. 2.

The enforcement effort involved the following specifically trained trooper groups.

• The safety initiative Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program trained troopers, targeting motorists who aggressively drive in a manner dangerous to members of the public, such as speeding, seat belt violations and child seat belt infractions.

• The Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers and Drug Recognition Expert trained troopers specifically focused on apprehending motorists who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Increased patrols are conducted by Pennsylvania State Police during holiday periods.

Pet owner winter reminder

The Pennsylvania State Police is reminding pet owners, including those who keep their pets outdoors, they are required to provide the animals with basic needs, as defined by law, or face potential animal neglect and/or cruelty charges.

Animals must have access to an appropriate-sized shelter that provides protection from the weather, keeps the animal dry, and allows it to retain its body heat.

The shelter must also be clean and sanitary. Veterinary care must be provided for pets in need of medical attention.

According to Title 18, Chapter 55, Subchapter B of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, there are certain requirements that must be met if tethering a dog outside.

For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit psp.pa.gov.