March 16, 2015 Leave a comment
In Pennsylvania, one out of three traffic-related fatalities is due to impaired driving. In Philadelphia, impaired driving was a factor in at least 22 crash fatalities in Philadelphia between 2010 and 2012. In effort to address this important issue, staff from MOTU and the Philadelphia Streets Department attended the March 3rd Regional Safety Task Force (RSTF) meeting on reducing impaired and distracted driving.
At the RSTF meeting, Judge John Kennedy of York County Courts and Criminal Justice presented an innovative, highly effective approach to reducing DUIs and DUI recidivism called Target 25.
As we all know, improving road safety requires everyone’s participation. You can save your life or a life of someone else by not driving while under the influence—and that means of legal or illegal drugs as well as alcohol. We also encourage you to learn more about the issue and to get involved by:
- Sharing the word about successful programs such as the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Alcohol & Other Drug Awareness Program for Adolescents and Young Adults or the list of Pennsylvania Prison Society DUI Offender Programs offered in the Philadelphia area.
- Coordinating with other organizations. For example, the PA Liquor Control Board is looking for organizations to host Responsible Alcohol Management Program training sessions.
- Enhancing coordination with others (if you are related to municipal police efforts). Just across the Delaware River in Camden, the Camden County DUI Task Force is pooling their resources in order to increase DUI enforcement in the area.
- Acting on strategies to reduce DUI and other dangerous transportation safety issues—see the Philadelphia region’s Transportation Safety Action Plan.