To combat drunk driving nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a concentrated initiative titled “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The plan involves a mix of “high-visibility enforcement and public awareness messaging,” according to the NHTSA, which will involve State Highway Safety Offices and law enforcement officials working together in tandem.
While the crackdown is national, during the period August 19-September 5, specific approaches to the issue vary by state and are profiled on the NHTSA website. For Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advocating an extension to the federal program called “Border to Border,” which stands for increased, comprehensive enforcement from state border to state border as well as county line to county line to fight impaired driving.
Over 600 municipal police departments, all state troopers, and numerous university/ campus police departments will engage in the program by conducting a multitude of sobriety checkpoints and roaming patrols. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” motto will be advertised on highway video message boards throughout the state, while publicity events in each one of Pennsylvania’s six highway safety regions are also planned.
PennDOT is also collaborating with the Pennsylvania DUI Association to convey a drug impaired driving message concerning bath salts and other synthetic drugs commonly abused by impaired drivers. The state recently approved a law making it illegal to hold such substances, however, the issue continues to be a significant problem. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a Pennsylvania car accident due to an impaired driver, call the Pennsylvania drunk driving accident victim attorneys with Anapol Weiss at 1-866-735-2792 for a complimentary consultation.