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PA Law Enforcement Steps Up Driving, Fireworks Enforcement Over Holiday Weekend

Police will be stepping up enforcement over the holiday weekend.

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Pennsylvania State Police have announced increased traffic enforcement during the July 4 holiday weekend.

From 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, troopers will be stepping up targeting aggressive driving and impaired drivers.

Troopers who participate in the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (P.A.D.E.E.P.), which focuses on behaviors such as speeding, ignoring seatbelt laws, and child seatbelt violations, will be detailed on the roadways.

Additionally, as part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers (S.T.E.A.D.D.) initiative and supported by Drug Recognition Expert (D.R.E.) troopers, efforts will intensify to arrest drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

During last year’s Independence Day period, Troop M, which covers Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, responded to 63 crashes and executed 29 DUI arrests, according to state police.

Authorities also reminded drivers that parking on highway shoulders is hazardous and prohibited, with violations possibly leading to citations or vehicle towing.

They also warned that it is a serious offense, potentially a third-degree felony, for drivers to flee or evade police. The law carries penalties of up to 7 years in prison, a $15,000 fine, and liability for damages and injuries caused during such incidents.

Due to the holiday, troopers reminded residents about the legal use of Consumer-grade “Class C” fireworks.

Below are the state’s fireworks regulations:

  • They cannot be ignited or discharged on public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
  • They cannot be discharged from or directed at a vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be directed at another person.
  • They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of a building or vehicle. 
  • They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, or a controlled substance or another drug.

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