Two York County Sheriff’s Office deputies have charged 39 people with drunk driving over the past four months.
The DUI Enforcement Team, formed in December 2012, works solely on targeting motorists who get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.
The initiative has paid off and makes county roads safer, according to a sheriff’s office news release sent on Friday.
In addition to the 39 DUI charges, the two deputies have issued 497 traffic citations for issues ranging from seat belt violation to speeding.
Grant money helped start the DUI Enforcement Team and pays for the deputies’ salaries, new patrol cars and police equipment.
With a total of 239 DUI charges in 2012, the sheriff’s office saw 61 percent growth from the year before in catching drunk drivers.
Of the 39 charges made since December, 33 people have gone to court and plead guilty to the drunk driving or lesser charges.
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