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Expect more DUI patrols ahead of Labor Day weekend

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State police trooper in Franklin County (Photo: Public Opinion)

(Harrisburg) — Midstate law enforcement are targeting impaired drivers ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Police are partnering with state and national agencies for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Matthew Frampton, who serves as south central Pennsylvania’s highway safety coordinator with the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society, said annual awareness campaigns are effective.

“Since 1982, the number of impaired driving deaths have actually been cut in half, but there’s still an issue,” Frampton said.

Over last year’s Labor Day holiday, nearly 400 impaired driving crashes and 13 deaths were investigated in Pennsylvania.

While the number of people drinking and driving has declined, 50 percent of all DUI cases now involve people under the influence of drugs.

In response, 150 officers across the commonwealth have been trained in drugged-driving recognition.

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