State Police Ramping Up Enforcement For Labor Day Weekend

Several government agencies and non-profit organizations plan to target impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE | The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) has teamed up with several government agencies and non-profit organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), to promote safe driving this holiday weekend. During the holiday period, which runs from Sept. 2-5, local and state law enforcement plan to target impaired drivers and arrest motorists with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or higher.

“Impaired Driving is a national concern that continues to impact the lives of our communities. Delaware State Police remains committed to making Delaware’s roadways safe by increasing public awareness of the law and strengthening enforcement efforts,” said Sergeant India Sturgis, Director of Public Information for Delaware State Police.

PennDOT encourages motorists to:

  • Plan ahead for a sober driver if you plan to use an impairing drug;
  • Don’t let friends get behind the wheel if they’re under the influence of drugs;
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol or other substances will be used, it’s your job to make sure all guests leave with a sober driver; and
  • Always wear your seat belt – it’s the best defense against impaired drivers.

“As the summer travel season draws to an end with the upcoming Labor day holiday weekend, AAA urges motorists to remember that increased traffic means an increase in the chance for crashes,” said Jana Tidwell, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “No one should ever get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.”

“Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants everyone to be safe and have fun this Labor Day weekend and to plan ahead for a non-drinking driver every time plans include alcohol. With so many options available – rideshare, taxis, public transportation, or a friend or family member who chooses not to consume alcohol – there is never any excuse to drive impaired. If you are the non-drinking driver, please follow the speed limits to help keep our roads and communities safe for everyone, and make sure you and all your passengers buckle up,” said Deborah D’Addona, MADD Victims Services Specialist.

Motorists can check major roadway conditions, including delays and weather forecasts, 24 hours a day by visiting or downloading the free 511PA mobile application.