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Troopers Step Up DUI Enforcement

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Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police are taking part in the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that started Wednesday.

The campaign will crackdown on impaired drivers through Labor Day, which falls on Monday, September 4, state police said.

While DUI-related traffic deaths have dropped over the past 30 years, slight increases have been noted in recent years. On average, about 10,000 people a year are killed in DUI-related traffic incidents.

“As Pennsylvanians prepare to mark the end of summer with Labor Day festivities, it is important to remember to celebrate responsibly and make a plan to get home safely,” said Major Edward Hoke, who leads patrol operations for the state police. “Troopers will conduct high-visibility patrols and DUI checkpoints, with a zero-tolerance approach toward impaired driving.”

Hoke said that DUI-related crashes are preventable.

DUI convictions in Pennsylvania can carry thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension and even prison time.

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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001