State police plan holiday DUI, speed and seat belt enforcement crackdown - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

State Police Plan Holiday DUI, Speed and Seat Belt Enforcement Crackdown
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By Daily Courier Tuesday, December 8, 2009

State police at Greensburg, committed to highway safety, are requesting cooperation from motorists during the upcoming holidays.

Last year during the Christmas holiday, state police investigated 92 crashes in a four-day period, including 14 on Dec. 24. Two of the crashes resulted in alcohol-related fatalities. The Greensburg barracks investigated 38 of the 92 crashes.

In an effort to reduce the number of crashes and preserve lives, state police will participate in aggressive DUI, speed and seat belt enforcement.

Last year during the two holiday weekends, Troop A made 37 DUI arrests and issued 1,007 citations.

State police remind motorists of the "Steer Clear Law," which requires motorists to move at least one lane from incidents on the side of the road that require an emergency responder. Emergency responders can include law enforcement, tow truck operators, fire and ambulance personnel. If unable to move over because of traffic conditions, reduce speed. If motorists fail to comply, they can face a fine of up to $250.

In addition, police ask motorists to not consume alcohol and drive, to wear seat belts and to adhere to the posted speed limit.