The Pennsylvania State Police Troop M – Bethlehem have announced the results of the Memorial Day Holiday Enforcement period which commenced at 12:01 a.m. Friday May 28, and concluded at midnight Monday, May 31.
The safety initiative P.A.D.E.E.P (Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program) targeted drivers who aggressively operated their motor vehicle in a manner that was dangerous to members of the public, which included speeding, seat belt violations and child seat belt infractions.
Troopers also concentrated their efforts on distracting drivers who engaged in texting while driving, using handheld mobile phones, using hearing impairment devices such as headphones or earbuds, careless driving and reckless driving.
In addition, S.T.E.A.D.D. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers) and D.R.E. (Drug Recognition Expert), Troopers specifically focused on apprehending motorists who operated their motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
During the Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Enforcement period of 2021, Troop M (Lehigh County, Northampton County and Bucks County) Troopers investigated a total of 53 crashes and made 36 driving under the influence arrests. They also issued 417 speeding citations. There were 13 people injured, and there were seven alcohol-related crashes.