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May 12, 2008

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (May 12, 2008) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that DUI checkpoint enforcement will be conducted by TEAM DUI police officers along Ridge Pike in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County this weekend, starting Friday (May 16).

The planned enforcement in Whitemarsh Township is coordinated by Abington Township Police and is part of the TEAM DUI program to target motorists driving under the influence in Pennsylvania.

TEAM DUI SOUTHEAST PA is comprised of police officers from numerous departments, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania DUI Association.

The officers will use sophisticated breath testing equipment at each checkpoint. Under a PennDOT grant, participating agencies gather data and share it with state and federal authorities in an effort to reduce the incidence of impaired driving.

Pennsylvania’s current Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Law lowered the legal drunk driving limit from 10 percent to .08 percent in 2003.

The law also implemented a new three-tiered approach to DUI enforcement based on the blood-alcohol content (BAC). The tiers are .08 to less than .10; 10 to less than .16; and .16 and above.

According to PennDOT statistics, there were 525 alcohol-related highway fatalities in Pennsylvaniain 2007, out of 1,491 total highway deaths in the state that year.

In southeast Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties), there were 87 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2007, about 27 percent of the 319 total highway deaths in the region. And here is the rest of it.

(Tip to State Rep Kate Harper for the above information)


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