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Released: 8/17/2022 

DRPA, Partners Highlight Responsible, Designated Driving Ahead of Labor Day

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Police Department was proud to join forces with local law enforcement agencies to urge responsible and designated driving ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

The event was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at the base of the Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia.

“As stewards of the region’s critical transportation infrastructure, the Delaware River Port Authority Police Department is committed to preserving and protecting the region's safety through dedication, service, trust, and integrity,” DRPA Lieutenant Michael Voll said.

The DRPA was joined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania State Police, New Jersey State Police, Delaware State Police, Pennsylvania DUI Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and AAA Mid-Atlantic, as well as victim’s advocates.

The joint effort is a reminder to motorists to celebrate responsibly ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

According to PennDOT data, in 2021, there were 362 crashes and three fatalities in the Philadelphia region during the Labor Day travel period beginning on Friday, September 3, running through Monday, September 6. Of those, 34 crashes and one fatality were impaired-driving related.

“There really is no excuse for driving while intoxicated. If you are going to consume alcohol or any other intoxicating substance, we strongly encourage you to plan ahead. Use public transportation, take a cab, use a rideshare service, or maybe just plan to stay where you are so you do not have to drive,” Lt. Voll explained.

The DRPA will be working with the above agencies in supporting the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Throughout the region, the goal is educating drivers on the dangers of impaired driving and reducing the number of crashes and fatalities associated with impaired driving through active enforcement.

“If everyone takes just a little more personal responsibility, perhaps we can save lives,” Lt. Voll said.


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