Bethlehem, PA

Pennsylvania State Police would like to remind motorists to stay safe as they ring in the New Year.  The PA State Police will be out conducting their New Year’s Holiday Enforcement through late Thursday night.  There will be an increase in the amount of patrols according to Pennsylvania State Police Troop M – Bethlehem.

PA State Police will be cracking down on distracted drivers, those who are speeding, those under the influence and those with seat belt violations and child seat belt infractions.

The PA State Police targets drivers who aggressively operate their motor vehicle in a manner which is dangerous to members of the public, which include speeding, seat belt violations and child seat belt infractions. This safety initiative is referred to as P.A.D.E.E.P (Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program). 

Troopers will also be concentrating their efforts on distracting drivers who violate:

  • Title 75 § 1621 Texting While Driving

  • Title 75 § 1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

  • Title 75 § 3314 Prohibiting Use of Hearing Impairment Devices

  • Title 75 § 3316 Prohibiting Text-Based Communications

  • Title 75 § 3714 Careless Driving

  • Title 75 § 3736 Reckless Driving


In addition, S.T.E.A.D.D. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers) and D.R.E. (Drug Recognition Expert) Troopers will specifically focus on apprehending motorist who operate their motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

PA Sate Police remind motorists to be mindful of their continuing efforts to enforce the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08% while operating a motor vehicle. Anyone under the age of 21 that chooses to operate a motor vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system, could suffer severe criminal penalties.  Pennsylvania State Police would like to remind motorists to “Think Before you Drink“.

During the New Year’s Holiday Traffic Enforcement Period of 2018 – 2019, Troop M (Lehigh County, Northampton County and Bucks County) Troopers investigated a total of 58 crashes and made 35 Driving Under the Influence arrests.

Please remember that when you see flashing lights, slow down and pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, it’s the law.