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Police monitor Pennsylvania drivers for alcohol

Drunk driving is an extremely serious yet avoidable threat on the road. The effect of intoxication on motor skills and the ability to operate heavy machinery are easy to understand, at least when you are sober. You would not expect people to take for granted the need for complete coherence behind the wheel, once they are granted the responsibility of a driver’s license.

Obeying speed limits and looking out for other vehicles, like checking blind spots and adjusting to bad weather, are all necessary acts while driving. However, this common knowledge is compromised when a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is ironic that special occasions, such as holidays, often give people more reason to drink in celebration, which can lead to horrific results like drunk driving accidents.

For Easter, police in the state of Pennsylvania began monitoring vehicles more closely with the growing statistics of these events in mind. DUI checkpoints were created over the weekend to help catch individuals who might be driving drunk and avoid any potential threats of injury to themselves or others.

Individuals caught drunk driving any time of the year can face fines upwards of $300, as well as potential prison time and license suspensions in accordance with the mandated punishments. Other consequences can come from driving while intoxicated, including injuries to victims as well as the driver themselves.

The infliction of injury to another person due to drunk driving could result in personal injury lawsuits being filed. Victims of such accidents may decide to pursue this course of action to secure compensation for their injuries. Because this process can be complex, and it is important to understand your rights and options, seeking legal advice is recommended.

Source: WBNG, “PA State Police crack down on drunk driving,” Brandi Bailey, April 17, 2014

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