The number of DUI arrests made over the Labor Day weekend by troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police's Bethlehem barracks rose significantly from 2010, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Troop M Bethlehem Commanding Officer Capt. William A. Teper Jr. and Public Relations Officer Trpr. First Class Marc W. Allen.
In 2010, state police from Troop M arrested 25 motorists for DUI over the Labor Day weekend, whereas this year, between Sept. 2 and Sept. 5 39 motorists were arrested for DUI, the release said.
The total number of citations issued to motorists also increased, from 1235 in 2010 to 1309 in 2011, and 51 motorists received citations for seat belt violations this year.
According to the news release, this year troopers investigated 51 vehicle crashes that resulted in 17 injuries but no fatalities, whereas in 2010, two fatalities and 15 injuries occurred over the holiday weekend.
In 2010 five of the crashes that were investigated were found to have been alcohol-related. In 2011, three of the crashes were determined to have been alcohol-related, state police said.
Troop M, which is based in Bethlehem, covers Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks counties.