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This Fourth of July holiday, impaired drivers in south-central Pennsylvania aren't safe on land or water, according to Barbara Zortman, director of the Center for Traffic Safety.

Sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols are ongoing in York, Adams and Lancaster counties as part of a national Fourth of July impaired-driving mobilization, Zortman said.

The effort started Monday, June 25, and continues until Sunday, July 7, she said in a news release.

Municipal police departments and state police will be out in force — as will waterways conservation officers from the state Fish & Boat Commission.

WCOs from the Fish & Boat Commission will patrol local waters looking for people who are BUI — boating under the influence, according to Zortman.

The legal limit for operating a boat in Pennsylvania is the same as it is for driving a vehicle, which is 0.08 percent, she said.

'BUI' illegal, too: Pennsylvania doesn't suspend the driver's licenses of people convicted of BUI, but drivers arrested for DUI can face stiffer fines if they already have a BUI under their belt, according to Zortman.

During the week of July 4, 2017, there were 381 crashes involving impaired drivers in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Fifteen of those crashes turned fatal, according to PennDOT; 10 of the fatal crashes involved alcohol; the other five involved drugs.

Zortman urged those who drink this holiday to ride with a sober driver or call a taxi or ride-sharing service.

Sobriety checkpoints, roving DUI patrols and other enforcement activities organized as part of this program are funded with federal grant money that's distributed by PennDOT, according to Zortman's news release.

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

 

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