The July 4th holiday season is not over for the Bucks County DUI Task Force, who are planning a checkpoint in Newtown this weekend to catch anyone driving under the influence.
Twenty one officers from nine municipal departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will be maintaining a checkpoint in the northbound lanes of the bypass near the Sycamore Street intersection from 10 p.m. Saturday, July 7th, until 3 a.m. Sunday.
The checkpoint is not without merit. The Fourth of July fell in the middle of the week last year as well and a Friday night checkpoint in the same location led to police arresting seven people and giving citations to four others.
The totals broke down to six DUI arrests, one narcotics arrest, two citations for underage drinking and two citations for traffic violations.
“I hope that our DUI arrests follow the downward trend of DUI-related fatal crashes on this holiday weekend,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said. “With so many great alternatives to driving while impaired, there is no excuse for anyone to do it. Have fun, but don’t drink or do drugs and drive. Let’s all be safe.”
Nine people in Pennsylvania died last year on Independence Day in alcohol related traffic accidents, down from 13 the year before.