Labor Day weekend is one of the last opportunities to get in a few more moments of summer fun. And as the summer ends, people may get together with friends and relatives for parties throughout the Philadelphia area.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has recently announced its plans to conduct DUI sobriety campaigns throughout the holiday weekend. State and local law enforcement agencies will be working along with PennDOT to reduce the number of drunk drivers on area roadways.
In a press release announcing the crackdown, officials also highlighted the dangers of drugged driving. Officials point to an increasing number of drugged driving accidents as a major area of concern, especially when drunk driving accidents are decreasing.
PennDOT states that in 2005, there were 2,073 drugged-related car accidents within the state. Last year, that number had increased to 3,073, with more people being killed in these accidents. DUI arrests have also been declining as well. In 2010, 52,126 people were arrested for DUI. In 2011, that number dropped to 50,413.
For those facing DUI charges, it is important to take the matter seriously. Those convicted may lose their driver's license, and also be looking at potential jail time. High fines and increased insurance costs are also likely. Drivers with high blood-alcohol content levels and repeat offenders may also increase substantially.
There are options available, but each case is different. The factors of each arrest must be examined to understand what might be done when creating a strong defense. The consequences of a conviction can last long after the case is resolved. Pleading guilty will not make the DUI simply go away.
Source: PennDOT "PennDOT, Police to Partner for Labor Day DUI Enforcement" August 28, 2012.