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Released: 12/5/2008 

DRPA Police Force Joins National Public Safety Campaign

Police Officers from the Delaware River Port Authority will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign.  Beginning December 8th, 2008 and running through January 2nd, 2009, local and state police will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, looking for drivers who may be driving while intoxicated.

A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs.  Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases.  Our goal is simple, to keep our bridges safe for our customers during the holiday season.”

DRPA Police Chief, David McClintock, says “This initiative brings attention to not only the serious fines and penalties drunk drivers can face, but also the grave danger those drivers pose to all individuals on the road.”

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, and PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.

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