Pennsylvania State Police are warning residents of Lehigh Valley to drive safely over New Years weekend. And police use Christmas vacation numbers to prove what happens when drivers break the rules .
From 12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the Soldiers will work as part of Pennsylvania’s Aggressive Driving Law Enforcement Education Program, according to a press release. They will look for drivers who accelerate and those who do not wear seat belts or properly secure child safety seats, police said.
They will focus on people distracted by texts, phone conversations, or reckless or reckless driving, police said.
They will also work on the Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers program, looking for people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.
In 2019-2020, 13 impaired driving arrests were made over the New Years holiday in M Troop, which includes Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks counties, police said.
During the Christmas holidays, accidents fell from 32 in 2019 to 37 in 2021, including one with a pedestrian fatality, police said. Five of the crashes were alcohol-related, including the death on Interstate 95 in Bucks County, police said. Seventeen impaired driving arrests were made, up from six in 2019, police said. Nearly 100 speeding tickets were issued this year over the statutory weekend, police said.
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