Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, which patrols Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, announced the outcomes of its Independence Day Holiday Enforcement period.
Troopers held their holiday weekend enforcement effort from Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and it concluded on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.
The primary focus of the safety initiative, known as P.A.D.E.E.P (Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program), was to target drivers who exhibited aggressive behavior while operating their vehicles, posing a danger to others on the road. The effort included infractions such as speeding, seat belt violations, and failure to properly secure children in child seats.
To combat the serious issues of drunk driving and drug-impaired driving, Troopers from the S.T.E.A.D.D. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers) and D.R.E. (Drug Recognition Expert) units were specifically deployed during the enforcement period. Their mission was to apprehend motorists who were operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Between the three counties, there were a total of 63 crashes handled by state police.
The enforcement efforts resulted in a total of 1,034 traffic citations being issued for various traffic violations. There were 231 citations were issued for speeding, troopers said.
The state police were successful in apprehending 29 motorists for DUI.
Troopers issued 36 warnings for seatbelt violations and 48 citations for seatbelt infractions. Eight citations were handed out for child seatbelt violations.
During the holiday weekend, troopers made 19 criminal arrests.