Police plan DUI patrols for St. Patrick's Day
Police across Lancaster County will conduct roving DUI patrols this week in anticipation of early St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
The Center for Traffic Safety said Monday that state police troopers and municipal law-enforcement officials recognize that because St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year, many will begin celebrating beforehand.
"For many Pennsylvanians, St. Patrick's Day has become a popular 'night out' to celebrate with friends and family, the York-based Center for Traffic Safety said in announcing the patrols. "Unfortunately, due to the large number of impaired drivers, that 'night out' has become very dangerous.''
Wayne Harper, the center's director, encouraged those celebrating St. Patrick's Day to find a designated driver.
"Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk," Harper said. "Don't depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick's Day week."
Police in York County will conduct sobriety checkpoints as well.
The sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols could be conducted anytime during the week leading up to and including St. Patrick's Day night.
The special patrols are paid for with federal grant money provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and are established on sections of roadway that have proven to be high incidence for impaired drivers both in terms of crashes and arrests.