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Independence Day DUI Initiative:   June 24 –July 7, 2013

Driving Under the Influence- Never drive impaired, never ride with an impaired driver, when you drive impaired your whole family is affected.  Crashes involving DUI are entirely preventable.   Motorists should keep their families, themselves, and other motorists safe by designating a driver or not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pennsylvania’s DUI Task Forces, the Pennsylvania State Police along with local enforcement will conduct roving patrols and checkpoints during this initiative to enforce Pennsylvania’s DUI laws.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI)- You can be arrested for DUI while operating any watercraft if you are impaired to a point where you are incapable of safe operation regardless of any blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of alcohol and drugs.

Motorcycles- Remember drinking slows down your reaction to curves!  Alcohol affects those skills  essential to riding a motorcycle – balance and coordination. So, it plays a particularly big role in motorcycle fatalities.

Aggressive Driving Education and Enforcement Project (ADEEP):  July 8 –August 15, 2013

More than 350 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting aggressive-driving enforcement activities as part of a statewide initiative targeting motorists exhibiting  aggressive driving  behaviors such as running red lights, speeding, tailgating and improper passing,  Motorists are reminded of state’s anti-texting driving law. The law prohibits as a primary offense any driver from using and Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read, or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.

Labor Day DUI Initiative: August 16-September 2, 2013

As summer ends and motorists hit the road for one last summer holiday, local law enforcement personnel across  the state will be out on the front lines in the battle against drunk driving.  Drunk driving continues to be one of  the most deadly and harmful crimes in America today.  Each year, drunk drivers and motorcycle riders are   involved in crashes that take the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.  Plan a safe way home  before the fun begins.

Seat Belts: Motorists are reminded to buckle up. Police will watch for motorists violating the state’s seat belt laws.  Remember all drivers and passengers under 18 years of age must be properly restrained.