Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHThe Salisbury Township Police Department is one of a number of law enforcement agencies throughout Lehigh County participating Aug. 4, in a Lehigh County Regional DUI Task Force enforcement checkpoint along Broadway in the eastern portion of the township, near the Borough of Fountain Hill. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHThe Salisbury Township Police Department is one of a number of law enforcement agencies throughout Lehigh County participating Aug. 4, in a Lehigh County Regional DUI Task Force enforcement checkpoint along Broadway in the eastern portion of the township, near the Borough of Fountain Hill.
Salisbury Township Police Patrol Officer Jason Laky participates in a Lehigh County DUI checkpoint Aug. 4. Salisbury Township Police Patrol Officer Jason Laky participates in a Lehigh County DUI checkpoint Aug. 4.
Salisbury Police Department Patrol Officer Budd Frankenfield directs a motorist at a Lehigh County DUI Task Force checkpoint. Salisbury Police Department Patrol Officer Budd Frankenfield directs a motorist at a Lehigh County DUI Task Force checkpoint.
A Lehigh County law enforcement officer processes Pennsylvania Department of Transportation motor vehicle registration information at the Lehigh County DUI Task Force command trailer. A Lehigh County law enforcement officer processes Pennsylvania Department of Transportation motor vehicle registration information at the Lehigh County DUI Task Force command trailer.
Salisbury Patrol Officer Curtis Ziegler, the newest addition to the township force, participates in the Lehigh County DUI Task Force checkpoint. Salisbury Patrol Officer Curtis Ziegler, the newest addition to the township force, participates in the Lehigh County DUI Task Force checkpoint.
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHSalisbury Township Police Department Sgt. Kevin Soberick discusses DUI checkpoint operational procedures with a department intern. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHSalisbury Township Police Department Sgt. Kevin Soberick discusses DUI checkpoint operational procedures with a department intern.
Lehigh County law enforcement officers working with the county DUI Task Force process a suspicious vehicle at a checkpoint along Broadway in Salisbury Township Aug. 4. Contraband material was found in the vehicle by the search officers. Lehigh County law enforcement officers working with the county DUI Task Force process a suspicious vehicle at a checkpoint along Broadway in Salisbury Township Aug. 4. Contraband material was found in the vehicle by the search officers.

LEHIGH COUNTY REGIONAL DUI TASK FORCE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

DUI checkpoint held on Broadway

Several dozen law enforcement officers from communities throughout Lehigh County gathered at a Lehigh County DUI Task Force command trailer late on the evening of Aug. 4 along Broadway, for a combination citizen education and drunk driving enforcement detail that coincides every year with the first night of Musikfest activities in Bethlehem.

The message was simple. Enjoy the festival. Have fun. But don’t get behind the wheel if you are impaired.

The checkpoint was operational to and from the festival, along the busy Broadway casino and event corridor. Normally, a Lehigh County DUI Task Force single-direction checkpoint draws 25 to 30 local officers.

Unloaded from the command trailer, signage and checkpoint barriers are erected, officers greet each motorist with courtesy and explain the purpose of the checkpoint. Because of the scope of this annual detail, the number of officers approached four dozen or more. The host law enforcement agency, in this case the Salisbury Township Police Department, is expected to provide a large contingent of officers.

After each contact, each motorist is given an educational handout detailing the penalties for driving under the influence – fines of from $500 to $5,000, suspension of driving privileges from two days to six months, points on an operator’s license and jail time if a motor vehicle accident is involved.

The checkpoint resulted in several field sobriety tests, arrests for drunk driving and the search of suspicious vehicles for contraband.

In one detailed vehicle search, illegal contraband was discovered and arrests were made.

A few protestors who regularly appear at task force checkpoints were on hand to urge resistance to police activities. The protestors were recording the event with digital video equipment, and live-streaming to the group’s website.

A Salisbury officer at the scene said the overwhelming number of motorists traversing the checkpoint expressed positive comments and thanked officers for helping to keep them and their families safe on the road.

Those cited or arrested had less charitable commentary.