80 accidents, 27 DUIs in State Police Thanksgiving Enforcement Results

BUCKS COUNTY, PA — State Police Troop M has reported 80 casualties and 27 DUI arrests made during Thanksgiving holiday enforcement for its three-county service area.

Pennsylvania State Police Force M-Bethlehem said enforcement began Wednesday and concluded Sunday for Bucks County and Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The PADEEP (Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program) safety initiative targeted drivers who operated their motor vehicle aggressively and in ways that were dangerous to the public, including speeding, seat belt violations, and child seat belt violations.

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In addition, STEADD (Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers) and DRE
(Drug Recognition Expert) Troopers specifically targeted motorists who were operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In addition to the 80 accidents and 27 arrests for drunk driving, officials reported five alcohol-related accidents and 26 injuries in the 80 accidents.

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Police also reported these results for the Drei-Kreis region:

  • 342 speeding violations
  • 21 violations of passenger seats
  • 47 seat belt quotes
  • 62 occupant protection warnings
  • 17 criminal arrests
  • 1,163 other traffic quotes

Motorists are reminded that as part of our continued road safety efforts there will be increased patrols during this holiday period and particularly the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Motorists are reminded that fleeing or attempting to evade a police officer, meaning a driver not stopping or refusing to stop or otherwise fleeing or attempting to evade a pursuing police officer, carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and one fine of US$15,000 and compensation for any damage and/or injury sustained as a result of the persecution.


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