St. Patrick's Day DUI Strike Force
March 13, 2014
Clearfield County DUI Strike Force will conduct roving patrols this weekend as
part of the Saint Patrick’s Day impaired driving enforcement period. The patrols
will take place in jurisdictions throughout the county.
enforcement, officers will be watching for drivers who exhibit signs of impairment
by drugs and/or alcohol.
PennDOT data for Clearfield
County shows that in 2012, eight people were killed in crashes in which alcohol
was involved. During the same year, police agencies in the county investigated
102 alcohol-related crashes.
PennDOT, the PA DUI Association and law
enforcement agencies presented information to educate motorists prior to the
Saint Patrick’s Day enforcement period.
Some common alcohol-related misconceptions
and facts include:
Beer doesn’t have as much alcohol as “hard liquor.”
Beer with about a 5-percent alcohol content by volume contains as much “pure” alcohol
or ethanol as 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor or 5 ounces of table wine (12
percent alcohol by volume). Each of these constitutes one drink.
Coffee will sober up an intoxicated person.
Caffeine, cold showers and exercise have no sobering effect on an intoxicated
person. The body processes approximately one drink every hour. Only time can
sober someone up;
Placing pennies in your mouth will lower your blood-alcohol content reading on
a breath tester.
- Fact: Pennies, onions, garlic and/or other items will not
lower a person’s blood alcohol content; and
It is better to refuse a breath- or blood-alcohol test.
Just by being licensed to drive in Pennsylvania, a person has agreed to submit
to chemical testing. This is referred to as the Implied Consent Law. Failure to
submit to such tests will result in an automatic one-year license suspension.
Motorists are reminded to always designate a
sober driver. Impaired driving includes not only driving under the influence of
alcohol, but also prescription or illegal drugs.
State and local police will be on patrol
throughout Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk,
Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, Potter and Somerset counties
during the holiday enforcement period.
Caption: A drink isn’t always just a drink, according to Cathy
Tress, law enforcement liaison for the Pennsylvania DUI Association. Tress
explained that certain beverages contain much more alcohol, and the body
processes them much more slowly. Because of this, a person may not be aware of
the amount of alcohol they have consumed. The concept was one of several
alcohol misconceptions Tress spoke about Wednesday at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and
Brewing Co. in Duncansville prior to the start of the Saint Patrick’s Day
enforcement period. The beverages on the table in front of Tress represent “one
drink”: a regular 12-ounce beer, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor or 5 ounces of