Pennsylvania police say drunk driving arrests up over holidays

Holiday parties provide friends and families an opportunity to relax and enjoy timeout from all of the pressures that come with every day life. However, if one chooses to indulge in a few alcoholic beverages, there is the possibility of later facing a drunk driving charge. Pennsylvania police recently announced the total numbers of arrests that were made over the recent holidays.

Officials stated that the number of arrests for drunk driving increased significantly over the previous year. Over the long Christmas weekend troopers recorded approximately 314 arrests for impaired drivers. The figure for the 2015 holiday was an estimated 218. The number of vehicle crashes was also up, though the ones that allegedly involved intoxicated drivers was down from the previous year. None of those crashes included fatalities.

The recent effort to reduce impaired driving was based on a campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety agency. Pennsylvania State Police used both sobriety checks and road patrols in an effort to increase travelers' safety during the Christmas holiday. The report included data collected by state police troopers and did not include any arrests that may have been made by police officers in local communities.

Any driver who finds him or herself facing charges of drunk driving has the right to secure an attorney to help navigate the legal system in order to fight for the best possible outcome. Not every allegation of impaired driving results in a conviction. Indeed, there are many variables that can affect the admissibility in court proceedings of any tests that police use to gauge whether a driver may be driving under the influence.

Source:, "State Police release Christmas holiday enforcement results", Paul R. Lowes, Jan. 4, 2017

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