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PennDOT Steps Up DUI Efforts in 'Operation Safe Holiday'

It's holiday time, and if you haven't already noticed, there are many more cops on the road than usual. In fact, PennDOT and local agencies are in the midst of "Operation Safe Holiday."

That's because the state and local patrols kick their DUI efforts into high gear during the holiday season. After all, the holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry.

Notice the word "drink" in that phrase?

People drink during the holidays and as they go from party to party, it's not unusual for someone to hop into a car thinking that they are capable of driving.

After all, it was only two glasses of wine, right?

Wrong.

Everyone's body has a different level of alcohol tolerance and with DUI patrols out and about, it's wise to think twice before drinking and driving. Otherwise, you might find yourself lawyering up in the new year.

For the last few weeks, PennDOT has been teaming up with county police and holding press conferences to signal stepped-up efforts in curbing drunk driving.

Operation Safe Holiday includes an increase in traffic safety enforcement from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. Police will be increasing the number of DUI checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols. Their focus will be to catch drunk and otherwise impaired drivers (i.e. drugged drivers), as well as drivers who fail to fasten their seat belts.

If you plan to hit the road this holiday season, drink responsibly. Have a look at the PA DUI Association's BAC calculator, which is a great tool for figuring out if you're potentially over the BAC limit. Remember that the legal limit for driving in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent.

Of course drinking and driving isn't the only concern. With the increase in DUI patrols out there, distracted driving is also an issue, as is speeding.

This holiday season, drive safe!

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