PIKE COUNTY - PA State Police, Blooming Grove, will be conducting DUI Sobriety Checkpoints and DUI Roving Patrols over the weekend of May 9- May 11. A zero tolerance enforcement policy will be observed in order to prevent and stop driving while intoxicated.
   Sgt. Brian Vennie reminded 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 $300 fine with six months probation all the way of to fines of $5000 with prison sentences 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.
   Driving under the influence of drugs is also a violation. For the purpose of vehicle code enforcement, the word drug means any substance that, when taken into the human body, can impair the ability of the person to operate a vehicle safely.
   From recent PennDOT statistics, over 14,500 DUI crashes occur annually on Pennsylvania roads 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, police stated.