Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Pennsylvania State Police Nets Nearly 500 DUI Arrests Throughout Pennsylvania During Operation Nighthawk


The Pennsylvania State Police announced the arrests of 492 individuals Statewide for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances during a two-day detail known as Operation Nighthawk. 

The enforcement initiative marked its 20th anniversary with a statewide campaign on Aug. 12-13.

Troop L, which includes Schuylkill, Berks, and Lebanon counties reports that they made 357 contacts and made 23 DUI arrests.  Troopers also found 3 people driving under the influence with a suspended license.  109 citations were handed out, 236 warnings, 15 criminal arrests, and 5 warrants were served.

"Over the past 20 years, Operation Nighthawk has been extremely successful at getting impaired drivers off the roads," said Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. "We are grateful to our municipal and regional police partners who share our zero-tolerance approach to this serious crime."

Operation Nighthawk teams municipal and regional police agencies with state police troopers for roving DUI enforcement patrols. To celebrate 20 years of success, this year's statewide campaign took place at one location within every troop, excluding the turnpike stations.

The first Operation Nighthawk was in 2002 at Troop P, Wyoming. The enforcement initiative has received national accolades and has served as a model for similar programs in other states.

More than 400 troopers and over 200 municipal police officers were involved in the two-day operation.

The Pennsylvania State Police reminds motorists that DUI convictions carry fines beginning at $300 plus court costs for first offenses of general impairment. Penalties increase for repeat offenses and higher levels of impairment, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 plus prison time and a license suspension.

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