Cops, Courts and Fire

Police Plan Enhanced DUI Patrols For Thanksgiving Holiday

Local and state police will be out this Thanksgiving holiday.

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One of the biggest party nights of the year means cops will be paying extra attention to the roads.

On Thanksgiving Eve, a number of police departments across Bucks County will be conducting enhanced DUI patrols.

Fifteen officers trained in standard field-sobriety testing and checkpoints will be working the patrols.

The enhanced patrols will start Wednesday evening and will go into the early hours of Thursday.

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Departments participating include Middletown Township, Richland Township, Warwick Township, Lower Southampton Township, Warrington Township, Penndel Borough, Bensalem Township and Hilltown Township.

“We want everyone to get home safe to their family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Jennifer Schorn, the first assistant district attorney for Bucks County.

“If you plan on drinking or doing drugs, please find a sober ride home. Do not drive impaired, or you will be arrested,” police said.

In addition to local police, Pennsylvania State Police will be ramping up their patrols in the area from early Wednesday morning through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

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Troopers said they will be looking out for intoxicated drivers, those texting while driving, and people who are operating a vehicle with reckless driving.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2022, troopers in Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties investigated 80 crashes and made 27 DUI arrests.

State police warned that anyone who flees a traffic stop will be charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, which has a maximum sentence of seven years.

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