Drunk Driving Still A Problem On Christmas

Drunk Driving Still A Problem On Christmas

Police warn about possible increase of drunk drivers on the road between Christmas Eve and New Years.
JOHNSTOWN - Police say a driver crashed a truck into a guardrail after swerving off the road around 7:30am Tuesday and is currently being charged with drunk driving.

Police also say the driver will likely not be the only person in the area charged with drunk driving between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

Almost 38% of all Christmas driving fatalities involve alcohol according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Many area police officers say there will be more DUI road patrols and stationary checkpoints over the next few days as New Years approaches.

Duncansville Police Chief James Ott says far too often there's a misunderstanding about what designated driver means.

"When I say to make sure to arrange for a driver, a designated driver has no alcohol," Ott said.
"There's a misconception that a designated driver is the person who has had the least amount of alcohol...that's wrong."

According to the NHTSA New Year's Eve and the 4th of July are statistically where most drunk driving fatalities occur, but Christmas Eve And Christmas day are not far behind.
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