Local police departments are taking drunk driving seriously and at least seven municipalities will be conducting roving DUI patrols throughout Bucks County on Thanksgiving Eve and the Friday after the holiday.
The Lower Southampton Township Police are managing their own operation. Motorist in the area can expect to see patrol cars from 10 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday.
“Your picture may appear on this site if you make bad decision,” the department kindly reminded its residents on Crimewatch. AAA estimates 48.5 million drivers will be on the road this week and the LSTP want to make driving on their roads as safe as possible.
However, a much larger operation will be taking place two days prior on Wednesday, Nov. 21st. Six police departments throughout the county are teaming up to patrol the Street Road corridor from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.
Paid for though a grant from PennDOT, twelve officers from the Upper Southampton, Bensalem, Warrington, Middletown, Penndel Borough and Newtown Borough police departments are preparing the busiest travel year for Thanksgiving yet.
In Pennsylvania last year, there were 2,903 crashes and 21 fatalities. Busier roads and the emerging holiday of drinking on Thanksgiving Eve make for a dangerous combination.
“Wednesday night is historically one of the biggest party nights of the year. Have a good time, but don’t drink or do drugs and drive,” said District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub. “Let’s all celebrate Thanksgiving safely.”
Street Road was the site of 10% of all crashes in Bucks County last year with more than 600 accidents. Previous years of Thanksgiving patrols in the area have netted roughly a dozen arrests per holiday.
Bucks Director of Law Enforcement Training Richard Vona will be spearheading the patrols on Street Road.
“The goal of these details is prevention,” Vona said. “So if you’re going to drink, stay off the streets or have a plan to get home safe.”