State troopers don't want to find you intoxicated on the highway.

State troopers don't want to find you intoxicated on the highway. Their checkpoints will continue.

SKIPPACK PA – Expect drunk driving checkpoints operated by the Pennsylvania State Police from Troop K barracks in Skippack PA, and across the state, to continue for the next 12 months. Arrests of intoxicated drivers caught by the program “make it worthwhile” to keep at it, State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said.

Under what Pawlowski called the “Checkpoint Strikeforce Initiative” that began last October, each of the 15 regional state police troops conducts a random sobriety checkpoint within its troop area every weekend. When the weather’s bad, troops conduct roving DUI patrols rather than man a checkpoint.

During the past 12 months, Pawlowski said troopers made 1,574 DUI arrests as the direct result of checkpoints and 868 DUI arrests as the result of roving patrols. Troop K, which covers Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, accounted for 191 of those arrests.

The enforcement effort is paid for in part by federal funding through the state Department of Transportation.

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