Law enforcement taking to roads and rivers to catch intoxicated drivers

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Extra law enforcement patrols will be out this holiday weekend. They’re hoping to prevent the usual deadly accidents.

Everyone from the Coast Guard to local police will put extra men and women and the roads and waterways.

PennDOT safety officer Brad Rudolph says a designated driver is a must.

“After consuming alcohol you might believe you are OK to drive when in fact you are actually impaired,” Rudolph said. “Alcohol not only impairs your ability to drive but it impairs your judgment about whether you think you are OK to drive.” 

Pennsylvania State Trooper Samantha Minnucci has a warning and a question.

“Is having that extra drink worth losing your license, paying thousands of dollars in fines or even going to jail for? Is that text message or drink worth ruining the life of another or yourself?”

During last year’s July 4th holiday weekend, there were 67 alcohol related crashes and 11 fatalities in Pennsylvania.

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