Arrests of impaired drivers spike during holidays, so officials say have a backup plan

Kim Glovas
November 21, 2018 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Impaired driving is a huge concern between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. 

PennDOT, AAA representatives, and some other organizations got together at Montgomery County Community College to show how bad it can be. 

During an impaired driving demonstration, volunteers put on what looked like snorkeling goggles, which gave a blurred impression of everything. 

"There was a line set up — it was a simple setup with painter's tape, a long line — and someone who put on the goggles would have to walk the line, the same as if they had gotten pulled over," explained Robyn Briggs from PennDOT of the demonstration.

Representatives from AAA then throw balls at the volunteers to show that their developmental coordination was defective.

She said the volunteers tried — and all failed.

"They were wobbling," she said, "someone looked like they (were) almost like a ballerina, trying to kick their legs up a little bit and stay on the line, but every time they were surprised that they still weren't on the line."

Last year, there were 944 impaired driving incidents in Pennsylvania within the two-month holiday period, according to Briggs. Twenty-seven of those incidents were fatal.

If you are going to be drinking alcohol or doing drugs, she said to have a backup plan, whether that's a designated driver, a shared ride, or someone else you can call to pick you up.