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result in contact with 600 to 800 cars in a 4 to 5 hour period.
With funding and the educational materials supplied by state monies administered by Catholic Social Services, both the checkpoints and roving patrols are utilized to put more officers out on the roads to spread the message.
“The roving DUI patrol puts a minimum of two additional officers out on the road to initiate and do traffic stops to identify DUI offenders –the suspicion of drunk driving -whether it is a simple traffic stop that leads to a DUI arrest or signs of possible DUI driving.”
Two DUI events were operated this summer and Officer Winsock says that they have to be publicized to make the public aware. He said that the checkpoint in July netted over 20 traffic citations, and the roving patrol in August was disrupted by the accident, so no DUI arrests were made during the special events. But he confirms that they were still valuable efforts.
“It’s not a bad thing when we don’t make a DUI arrest. It shows us that the program and the publicity about our program is working. Usually, about 95 percent of the time, we do make a DUI arrest during a checkpoint.”
Those arrested face harsh penalties under Pennsylvania laws and that is part of the education component of these programs, one DUI arrest can result in fines of up to $5,000, possible incarceration, license suspension, mandatory driving school and be noted on your permanent record.
He adds that the roving patrol in August caught an offender who was arrested by the state police, and thankfully the Butler Township officer injured during the incident was able to be treated and released. “The goal is to get drunk drivers off the roads.”
That they do and will continue to do, Officer Winsock assures, “Wright and Rice are very aggressive in enforcing the DUI laws and keeping our roads as safe as possible –especially after this recent incident.”