Police Blotter: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013
Vehicle scratched with stone
TREVORTON - Aaron David Lutcher, 27, of Shamokin, was cited by state police at Stonington for criminal mischief for allegedly scratching a vehicle owned by Alissa Cecile Powell, 47, of Shamokin, with a stone at 1 a.m. Saturday at 139 Stevens St.
Hit and run along Route 147
LOWER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington are investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred at 7 a.m. Saturday on Route 147 in this Northumberland County township.
Police said the hit-and-run vehicle was traveling north in the right lane when it exited its lane and struck the left front end of a 2003 Ford Mustang parked off the northbound shoulder. The driver fled the scene in an unknown direction.
The parked vehicle sustained minor damage. Its owner was not identified by police.
DUI crackdown this weekend
HARRISBURG - PennDOT, state police and municipal police are partnering to crack down on impaired driving through Labor Day as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" effort.
Pennsylvania's enforcement will focus not only on drivers impaired by alcohol, but also the increasing number of drug-impaired motorists.
"Unfortunately, drug-related crashes are increasing in number," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "Crashes and deaths involving impaired drivers are completely preventable."
PennDOT statistics for 2011 show there were 3,079 drug-related crashes statewide, with 116 fatalities in those crashes. In 2012, those numbers increased to 3,306 drug-related crashes statewide with 126 fatalities.
The same data also shows that alcohol-related crashes increased from 11,778 in 2011 to 11,956 in 2012. Fatalities in those crashes decreased from 428 in 2011 to 404 in 2012.
During last year's Labor Day weekend, there were 125 alcohol-related crashes and eight fatalities, as well as 30 drug-related crashes.
Driving under the influence penalties can include jail time, license suspension and fines of between $500 and $5,000.
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