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Holiday Drunk Driving Enforcement in the Poconos

If you're skiing in the Poconos this holiday season, you should be aware that the Poconos and its surrounding communities are conducting increased holiday drunk driving enforcement through the New Year.

Beginning December 16, the North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program is enhancing roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints through January 2, 2012, reports PoconoNews.net.

The DUI enforcement program covers the Poconos and the Philadelphia suburbs of Northumberland, Schuylkill, Berks, Snyder, Union, Columbia, Montour, Carbon, Monroe, and Pike, reports PoconoNews.

At sobriety checkpoints, law enforcement officials will usually randomly stop motorists and question them as to whether or not they are drunk or otherwise impaired.

Sobriety checkpoints are set up to stop drunk drivers already on the road as well as to stop drivers from drinking in the first place. By publicizing the DUI checkpoint in the Poconos area, police are likely hoping that drivers will think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Last year, there were 641 alcohol related crashes in Pennsylvania during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, including 25 fatalities, reports PoconoNews. As sobriety checkpoints have been shown to reduce alcohol-related crashes by about 20 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, it's hoped that the number of alcohol related deaths will be significantly reduced this year with sobriety checkpoints like that in the Poconos.

Officials in the Poconos and its surrounding communities announced increased holiday drunk driving enforcement. If you're driving during the Christmas holidays, you better be sure you're sober, as you don't want to risk being arrested at one of the DUI checkpoints.

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