EMBREEVILLE PA – State troopers said they intend to keep the public safer by conducting sobriety checkpoint operations in Chester County sometime during an nine-day period. It is scheduled to begin Friday (Sept. 22, 2023).
A distributed media release from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop J barracks in Embreeville said it plans to conduct “at least one sobriety checkpoint” between Friday and Sept. 30. Others are possible. The proposed location of any checkpoint under consideration was not disclosed.
Checkpoints are generally described as pre-arranged locations on roadways at which law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and talk with drivers without any specific suspicion of a crime. They are allowed in Pennsylvania, but must be conducted within certain legal guidelines.
Troopers said their efforts were planned “to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injuries caused by alcohol- and drug-related crashes.” They also hope to lower “the number of driving under the influence incidents in the Commonwealth,” according to the release.
The best ways to avoid driving under the influence, troopers suggest, is to:
- Avoid consuming alcohol if you intend to or must drive a vehicle; or
- Designate another person to do the driving, and give him or her the keys in advance.
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