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DUI Patrols and Checkpoints Planned This Week Across Penn

This weekend, checkpoints have been announced in York County. The York County DUI checkpoints will be held between 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. on Monday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is working with local police to implement “Operation Safe Holiday” to crack down on impaired driving in Pennsylvania.

It’s not unusual for police to conduct DUI checkpoints and have DUI patrols through Pennsylvania on holiday weekends.

Thanksgiving is a big holiday for DUIs. In fact, it kicks off the Christmas holiday season. It's just another worry in the craze of holiday shopping, dinners, slush and snow.

According to PennDOT, there were 49 DUI related fatalities last year during the Thanksgiving travel period. There were altogether 4,235 crashes during this time last year. This was more than the combined Christmas and New Year period last year, which only had 1,994 crashes and 19 fatalities.

Police announce these DUI checkpoints several days in advance. While some might see this announcement as an aid to drunk drivers, giving them a heads up on which streets to avoid, the announcements don't specify exact locations.

In many cases, the threat of having DUI checkpoints at unspecified locations actually curbs DUI, once a checkpoint is announced. These days with Twitter, however, it's a lot easier to find out when and where a DUI checkpoint is happening. Of course, if someone's driving drunk and checking their Twitter at the same time, they're looking for a lot more trouble than a DUI offense.

Other checkpoints have been announced in Upper Southampton Township, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, reports Patch.

We'll keep you posted again tomorrow on more DUI checkpoints and patrols in and around Pennsylvania.

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