If alcohol is going to be a part of your Labor Day celebrations, make sure you have a safe and sober ride home. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, during last year’s Labor Day weekend, there were more than 2,800 total crashes in Pennsylvania; and, 281 of those were alcohol-related that resulted in 13 fatalities. Of the total crashes, 106 were drug-related, resulting in two fatalities.
Extra police enforcement will be patrolling and conducting DUI checkpoints. Don’t risk your life or someone else’s. If you are impaired at all, stay where you are, ask a sober friend for a ride, walk or take a bus, or call a taxi/Lyft/Uber.
You can also use the free smartphone app, SaferRide. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. SaferRide is free and available for Android and Apple devices.
The legal blood-alcohol content in Pennsylvania is 0.08 for motorists 21 years of age and over. Driving under the influence penalties may include jail time, license suspension and fines of between $500 and $5,000.
For more information on PennDOT’s impaired driving efforts, visit PennDOT.gov/safety.