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Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

During last year's Labor Day weekend, state troopers investigated nine crashes in York County, including two that injured motorists.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation pointed to its statistics while reminding motorists that state police troopers and local police will run impaired driving enforcement details over the holiday weekend as part of a national campaign running through Monday.

Statewide, police responded to 945 crashes over the Labor Day holiday weekend last year. 

Of those crashes, 144, or about 15%, involved alcohol or drugs, according to the release. Of the 12 fatalities, PennDOT said, four were the result of alcohol-related crashes and three more the result of drug-related crashes.

State police troopers also arrested 587 people on DUI charges statewide during that same period.

Officers will keep a closer watch for intoxicated drivers on roads and highways over the weekend. PennDOT said the state has about 250 drug recognition experts, or officers trained to look for impaired driving and assist in DUI investigations.

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Last year, troopers in York County investigated one DUI crash, data shows. They also issued 219 citations, one seat belt citation and 137 warnings in the county.

The intensified holiday weekend patrols are funded through an annual $4.7 federal disbursement from PennDOT for impaired driving enforcement, the department said.

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