In Pennsylvania, drinking and driving remains a top safety issue. From recent Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PA DOT) statistics, over 14,500 DUI crashes occur annually on Pennsylvania roadways and highways killing 544 people and injuring 13,454 others.


In Pennsylvania, drinking and driving remains a top safety issue. From recent Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PA DOT) statistics, over 14,500 DUI crashes occur annually on Pennsylvania roadways and highways killing 544 people and injuring 13,454 others. On average, DUI related crashes amount to 40 each day with 1.4 deaths and 37 persons injured. Of all crashes occurring annually, a DUI crash is five times more likely to result in death than those not related to alcohol.

In order to protect the traveling public from intoxicated drivers, the Pennsylvania State Police of Troop R, Blooming Grove will be conducting DUI Sobriety Checkpoints and DUI Roving patrols this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. To prevent and deter drinking and driving during this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, The Pennsylvania State Police Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted with a zero tolerance enforcement policy.

Before drinking and driving, motorists should consider that Pennsylvania’s DUI laws prescribe a legal limit of .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). DUI is a misdemeanor offense and penalties can range from a $3000 fine with six months probation all the way up to fines of $5,000 with prison sentences of up to five years. Sentences can include driver’s license suspensions of up to 18 months, attendance at Alcohol Highway Safety Schools and mandatory Ignition Interlock Systems.