The Highway Safety Network piloted the state’s first Municipal DUI checkpoint in Schuylkill County in 1991. Through funding from The Pennsylvania Department, the first municipal police sobriety checkpoint was conducted in Frackville, Pennsylvania in 1991. As time went on, the regional concept was developed and surrounding IDP projects merged with the Highway Safety Network which coordinates the North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program.
The North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program provides coordination and funding for municipal police DUI enforcement in Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder and Union Counties. Specially trained law enforcement supervisors in each county plan, coordinate and supervise enforcement operations. A regional coordinator manages and supervises the overall program.
Over 200 police departments within the ten counties participate in Enforcement Operations including Sobriety Checkpoints, Roving DUI Enforcement Patrols and Cops in Shops operations. Centralized management of operations allows operational manpower to be utilized as needed within the counties of operation. Being able to draw manpower and equipment resources from within our ten Counties means no operation is too large of a task. Our largest operations to date were Checkpoints staffed with 60 officers within 1 mile of Pocono International Raceway after NASCAR races.
BUPA created traffic safety curricula for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Created specifically to be presented by uniformed law enforcement officers, these programs put students and law enforcement in the same room to discuss the importance of being safe and secure when riding in or driving a vehicle.
The presentations are tailor-made for students at elementary and secondary levels. The elementary program, Sit Back: It Is Elementary, focuses mainly on the proper seats for age, weight and height, seat belt use and the importance of children riding in the back seat until age 13. Pedestrian and school bus modules also are available. The secondary program, Survival 101, dives deeper into unsafe behaviors like speeding, DUI and distracted driving. It also cements the seat belt message for older children and teens. This program is available in versions for middle and high school. Finally, the 16 Minutes program is for students who are within one month of celebrating their sixteenth birthdays. This workshop program gives new drivers some face time with a law enforcement officer in their community.
Traffic safety educational programs are sponsored by Buckle Up Pennsylvania and PennDOT and are completely free. Over 8,000 presentations have been conducted, reaching 700,000 students. Follow the link to open the educational programs http://www.pasafetyedu.org/