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Police to step up DUI enforcement for Thanksgiving Eve

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 16 2012 10:32:30 AM CST
DUI - sobriety checkpoint
EXETER TWP., Pa. -

Police are preparing for what they said has become the biggest night of the year for drunk driving.

Thanksgiving Eve, sometimes referred to as "Black Wednesday," is unofficially considered the busiest bar night of the year, said Ofc. David Bentz, of the Exeter Twp. Police Dept., who serves as the Berks County coordinator for the North Central Regional DUI Enforcement program.

That and Thanksgiving weekend being the most traveled holiday period of the year are a deadly mix, Bentz said.

Now through Sun., Nov. 25, police will be conducting roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints on the roads throughout Berks County, looking for impaired drivers, Bentz said.

The North Central Regional DUI Enforcement program equips, funds and coordinates municipal police DUI enforcement in Berks, Columbia, Monroe, Mountour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder and Union counties.

Sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, Bentz said, are funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).