C. Stephen Erni, Executive Director, PA DUI Association
Harrisburg Headquarters - 717-238-4354 or c.717-497-5379
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
So Much to be Thankful for...
(November 16, 2018) - Harrisburg, PA - We at the Pennsylvania DUI Association extend our best wishes to all the residents of Pennsylvania for a very happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday and we remind all motorists to exercise sound judgement as impaired driving is never acceptable. Thanksgiving has become the start of the holiday season with millions of people traveling on the streets and highways to visit with family and loved ones. In addition to the congestion, the advent of winter weather can contribute to challenging conditions for motorists. Don't allow a lapse in judgement to ruin what should be the start of a joyous holiday season.
Motorists are reminded law enforcement officers across Pennsylvania will be participating in Operation Safe Holiday which extends from Thanksgiving eve through New Year's Day. Police will be actively seeking out impaired as well as aggressive drivers to make our highways safe for everybody. All motor vehicle occupants are reminded to always wear a seat belt regardless of the length of the trip; a seat belt is your best defense in a motor vehicle crash.
Across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, impaired driving incidents continue with often tragic consequences. More specifically, there were 395 impaired driving crashes resulting in 10 fatalities during the Thanksgiving Holiday period last year. The Thanksgiving Holiday period is the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving eve through the Thanksgiving weekend and the weekend following. For Pennsylvania law enforcement officers, November was the busiest month for impaired driving arrests in 2017. Police in Pennsylvania made 4,582 DUI arrests during November of 2017, exceeding the second busiest month, March, by over 400 arrests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most current economic data indicates impaired drivers cost the US over 200 billion dollars a year in lost productivity, medical costs, property damage and quality of life. That is a steep price to pay for something that can so easily be avoided.
C. Stephen Erni, Executive Director of the PA DUI Association expressed the following: "We at the PA DUI Association wish everybody a very safe and happy Thanksgiving. Traditionally, this is also the most traveled time of the year with millions of people taking to the highways. Unfortunately, it is also one of the busiest times for law enforcement with crashes and impaired drivers. Please remember to think wisely before getting behind the wheel, driving impaired is not worth the risk."
Our mission at the PA DUI Association is to reduce and hopefully all impaired driving incidents on the highways and traffic ways of Pennsylvania. We work to accomplish this mission by training law enforcement to identify, apprehend and prosecute impaired drivers, by working with probation and parole officers and counselors to treat offenders and by supporting programs to educate the public about impaired driving. By utilizing designated drivers or alternative transportation, you can help us look forward to a day when there are no more senseless tragedies resulting from impaired driving. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Pennsylvania DUI Association!