Enhanced Bucks County DUI Patrols Beginning at 10:00 PM This Evening

As highlighted in our most recent article, Thanksgiving Eve marks the beginning of an increase in DUI patrols in the local area with the objective of cracking down on accidents, injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving throughout Pennsylvania during the holiday season.
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An article published in the Newtown Patch, a source for local news in Bucks County, details the county’s planned attack to monitor impaired driving throughout the county this evening. According to the article, linked here, police units from eight (8) separate departments will be out this evening with the objective of detecting and deterring drunk driving.

In what is anticipated to be “the most heavily traveled Thanksgiving in almost a decade”, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office intends to combat the potential for a heightened number of impaired drivers by rolling out DUI patrols who will be roving along the Street Road corridor.

According to the article in the Newtown Patch, starting at 10:00 PM this evening “21 police from Bensalem, Middletown, Solebury, Upper Southampton, Warrington and Warwick Townships, as well as Newtown and Penndel Boroughs, will patrol the four-lane thoroughfare from Bensalem to Warrington, as well as its feeder streets, until approximately 3 a.m. Thursday…”

To understand why Bucks County is taking such a progressive and aggressive stance against drunk driving, the Newtown Patch provides the following startling data. Just in Pennsylvania, the Thanksgiving weekend was the third-deadliest holiday period in 2015. There were 1,428 crashes, which resulted in 21 traffic deaths. These statistics provide a very clear picture of exactly why Bucks County has targeted Thanksgiving Eve as a night to unveil its most recent strategy to deter impaired driving. Furthermore, as cited in the Newtown Patch article, ten (10) drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence just last year.

As noted in our previous article, the upcoming holiday season should be one of joy and festivities celebrated with family and friends. Please take special note of this early alert regarding the presence of impaired drivers on the road, the heightened police awareness, and to always think twice before getting behind the wheel after imbibing in the holiday spirits.

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Thanksgiving Eve: The Beginning of the DUI Danger Zone

It should be no surprise to most to hear that the Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled holiday period of the year. Students are returning home from college and families are traveling from all over to be together for the holiday. But did you know that DUI arrests are categorically at their highest between Thanksgiving Eve and the end of New Year’s weekend? That means we are now entering what can be described as the “DUI Danger Zone”.

For that reason, you can expect police presence to be ramping up in the following week and continuing into the New Year. This means more DUI Checkpoints as well as patrol forces out specifically for monitoring potentially impaired driving.

To understand why Thanksgiving marks the beginning of this ramped up police presence and concentration on DUI detection and accident prevention, consider the following. In 2013, over 300 people died in motor vehicle accidents nationally just during the Thanksgiving weekend. In 2014, and just in Pennsylvania alone, there were 499 crashes reported over Thanksgiving weekend and 13 deaths attributable to impaired driving.

The time-frame between Thanksgiving and New Years is a festive time intended to be celebrated with family and friends. That said, it is important to remain smart, alert and safe. Please take special note of this early alert regarding the presence of impaired drivers on the road and also to think twice before getting behind the wheel this holiday season.

Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this website are intended solely for informational purposes. They neither constitute nor imply an official legal opinion on behalf of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell, LLP, nor do they establish an attorney-client relationship of any kind. Howland Hess O’Connell encourages all readers to seek and consult professional counsel before acting upon the information contained on this site.

St. Patrick’s Day 2016 DUI Crackdown Starting Early

As we’ve detailed previously, Southeastern Pennsylvania has taken a strong stance against DUI’s. In a recent article by Chadds Ford Live labeled “PennDOT: DUI Patrols for St. Paddy’s holiday,” the state’s most recent initiative is detailed.

According to the PennDOT press release cited in the above article, the crackdown starts TODAY (March 11, 2016) and will run through March 19th. Similar to the New Year’s Eve Crackdown in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, PennDOT’s efforts will largely be in the form of DUI Checkpoints and roving police patrols.  The major difference? This time, the efforts are extending beyond just Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Instead, PennDOT is unleashing a more full-scale DUI task force comprising SEVENTY (70) police departments throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The Chadds Ford Live article highlights a feature of Pennsylvania’s DUI Laws which cannot be ignored: For normal drivers of a legal age (those without a special operating privilege), DUI Checkpointthe legal alcohol limit is .08. However, that limit drops down to .04 for commercial drivers and .02 for school bus operators. For all drivers, but especially those in the lower blood alcohol brackets, it is critical to realize that excessive drinking during a late night may still have residual effects the following morning!

To understand the reason for the crackdown, consider the following (albeit somewhat outdated) statistic provided by the Pennsylvania DUI Association: 2 out of every 5 crashes over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2013 involved drunken driving, with 31 people killed by drunk drivers.

For many, whether they’re Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day  and the associated events represents a time to celebrate with family and friends. However, it cannot be overstated how important it is to be smart and safe. Happy (early) St. Patrick’s Day from Howland Hess O’Connell!

Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this website are intended solely for informational purposes. They neither constitute nor imply an official legal opinion on behalf of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell nor do they establish an attorney-client relationship of any kind. Howland Hess O’Connell encourages all readers to seek and consult professional counsel before acting upon the information contained on this site.

 

New Year’s Eve DUI Checkpoints in Bucks and Montgomery Counties

As part of a multi-million dollar effort to crackdown on DUIs, law enforcement officials in Bucks and Montgomery County will be increasing DUI monitoring efforts tonight into tomorrow morning.

The target locations are Routes 611 and 309 from 10:00 PM tonight to 3:00 AM Friday morning. As detailed by a report in the Bucks County Courier Times, officers from the townships of Bensalem, Middletown, New DUI CheckpointBritain, Warrington and Warwick, and the Penndel Borough, will be out on roving patrols targeting drunk drivers. In Montgomery County, officers in Horsham and Upper Moreland will be patrolling 611 up to at least the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

What does this entail: In addition to regular traffic patrol, there is the potential for increased sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols.

Previous DUI crackdown efforts in Bucks and Montgomery County have resulted in numerous arrests. For instance, on Thanksgiving Eve, 10 drivers were arrested over a five-hour period for suspicion of DUI at a Bucks County DUI Checkpoint. On July 10, 2015, 15 people were arrested at a Montgomery County Checkpoint.

New Years Eve is a festive time to celebrate with family and friends. However, it is important to be smart and safe. Happy New Years from Howland Hess O’Connell!

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