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DUI checkpoints in York, Adams, Lancaster this weekend

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

People driving through York, Adams and Lancaster counties this weekend could be stopped in sobriety checkpoints or by roving DUI patrols as part of a Labor Day crackdown, according to the Center for Traffic Safety.

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The checkpoints and roving patrols will be held sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the center, and are part of a larger impaired-driving initiative that started Aug. 17 and continues through Monday.

In 2015, there were 10,558 alcohol-related crashes in the state, with 345 fatalities, according to the release.

In York County, there were 15 fatalities in 2015 as a result of DUIs, the release states.

Although the number of alcohol-related crashes is going down, the number of drug-related crashes is increasing, the release states.

DUI arrests involving drugs now comprise nearly half of all DUI arrests, according to the center.

High-visibility enforcement can reduce DUI fatalities by as much as 20 percent, Center for Traffic Safety Director Barbara Zortman noted in the release. She urged people who intend to drink to either designate a sober driver or call a taxi.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.