The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Task Force and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program has released the following information from recent Roving DUI patrols and a sobriety checkpoint.
A roving patrol was conducted on Sept. 20 by three officers, representing three law enforcement departments. A total of 28 vehicles were detained. One driver was tested for suspected DUI. Officers issued 18 traffic citations and 13 warnings.
Two sobriety checkpoints were held Sept. 28, one in West Mahanoy Township and the other in Cass Township. In West Mahanoy, 10 officers from six departments contacted a total of 207, with 25 being detained for possible drunk drivers. Five adult drivers were tested, and three arrested, for driving under the influence. Officers also issued 13 traffic and four seat belt citations, made six criminal arrests and issued eight warnings.
In Cass Township, 15 officers, representing local and state police, set up a checkpoint that saw 395 vehicles pass through. A total of 54 vehicles were detained with 15 drivers tested for possible DUI. Officers arrested eight adults and issued one seat belt and ten traffic citations. They also made one criminal arrest and issued 27 warnings.
On Sept. 29, a roving DUI patrol was conducted by one officer. He contacted and detained 10 vehicles. The officer issued four traffic citations and six warnings.
Sobriety checkpoints and Roving DUI patrols will also be conducted through Oct. 7 on state routes 61, 183, 901, 209, 309, 443, 895, 125, 25, 924 and 54.
Travelers are reminded to dial 911 if they suspect a drunken driver.
To report underage drinking, call 1-888-UNDER 21.
The sobriety checkpoints and Roving DUI patrols are funded through the state Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).