The Pennsylvania State Police Troop M – Bethlehem (Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties) have announced the official Labor Day Holiday Enforcement period which commences at 12:01 a.m. Friday Sept. 4, and concludes at midnight Monday, Sept. 7.
This safety initiative P.A.D.E.E.P (Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program) targets drivers who aggressively operate their motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to members of the public, which includes speeding, seat belt violations and child seat belt infractions.
Troopers will also be concentrating their efforts on distracted drivers who violate: Title 75 § 1621 Texting While Driving; Title 75 § 1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone; Title 75 § 3314 Prohibiting Use of Hearing Impairment Devices; Title 75 § 3316 Prohibiting Text-Based Communications; Title 75 § 3714 Careless Driving; and Title 75 § 3736 Reckless Driving.
In addition, S.T.E.A.D.D. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers) and D.R.E. (Drug Recognition Expert) Troopers will specifically focus on apprehending motorists who operate their motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
During the Labor Day Holiday Traffic Enforcement Period of 2019, Troop M Troopers investigated a total of 43 crashes and made 41 Driving Under the Influence arrests.
The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M urges travelers to “Think before You Drink” and be mindful of their continuing efforts to enforce the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08% while operating a motor vehicle. Anyone under the age of 21 that chooses to operate a motor vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system, could suffer severe criminal penalties.
Motorists are reminded there will be increased patrols as part of PSP’s continuing effort toward traffic safety and also request drivers to pay special attention when driving this Labor Day period. “When you see flashing lights, slow down and pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area; it’s the law.”
For information, visit psp.pa.gov