DUI crackdown ahead of Labor Day

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Aug 23, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Police across the midstate are taking part in a national campaign to fight drunken driving.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign runs through Labor Day.

George Geisler is Eastern Law Enforcement Services Director for the Pennsylvania DUI Association.

He says police are looking for people under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.

"The drugged-driving arrests have gone up exponentially in the last couple years," Geisler says. "Last year they were 30 percent of the total number of DUI arrests in Pennsylvania."

Geisler says more than 6,000 officers have been trained since 2007 to recognize signs of drivers under the influence of drugs.

He says some prescriptions can also cause impaired driving, and patients should talk with their doctor or pharmacist about their drug's side effects.

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