Checkpoint, Rovers Part of DUI Law Enforcement for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Lancaster County

Police in Lancaster County will be amping up DUI enforcement efforts for St. Patrick’s Day – one of the deadliest holidays on roadways across the country.

At least one stationary checkpoint is planned in Lancaster County for the weekend (Friday through Monday morning), in addition to roving patrols: officers specifically on the road to target signs of impaired driving.

The Lancaster County DUI Task Force – a team of local municipal police officers – is conducting the operations in conjunction with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Over the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (March 16-18), 234 people died in impaired-driving crashes across the U.S, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Figures for 2017 were not available.)

Lancaster County District Attorney Stedman advises those drinking alcohol this weekend, and anytime, to do so responsibly and travel by using local taxi services (such as Yellow Cab), designated drivers, public transit and ride-share services, like Uber or Lyft.

“Consider the devastating consequences to getting behind the wheel while impaired,” District Attorney Stedman said. “Anyone impaired, or who suspects they might be impaired, should pay the reasonable costs for these available driver services.”

(Photo by Greg Leaman.)

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