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National Beer Day coincides with state police checkpoints

State police at Rockview announced Thursday that throughout April, they will be conducting sobriety checkpoint tests.
State police at Rockview announced Thursday that throughout April, they will be conducting sobriety checkpoint tests. Centre Daily Times, file

Thirsty Thursday, a day when many students celebrate with a drink or two, or more, if they’ve scheduled their Fridays to not have early classes, coincided with something else this week.

April 7 is also National Beer Day. Twitter is packed with people and company hashtagging the day to raise a virtual pint in honor of their favorite lager or ale.

But before you raise too many, you might want to think about how you are getting home.

State police at Rockview announced Thursday that throughout April, they will be conducting sobriety checkpoint tests.

“Motorists encountering the sobriety checkpoint will be stopped briefly. When there is an indication that a driver may be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or who is in violation of any other Pennsylvania Vehicle Code or Crimes Code violation, will be detained for further investigation,” police said.

Any law-breaking will be addressed, they said, but the main point is to prevent DUI.

It’s the kind of thing you might think would make beer producers sad, but the police weren’t the only ones putting out statements on Thursday.

The Pennsylvania Beer Alliance didn’t send out anything celebrating National Beer Day. Instead, they put out a release observing a different occasion. April, it seems, is also Alcohol Awareness Month.

“Alcohol abuse comes in many forms, including underage drinking, drunk driving and excessive consumption,” said President Jay Wiederhold. “I believe it’s very important we take the month of April to focus on these issues and to raise awareness.”

About 4,000 people work in the production of beer in Pennsylvania, a state that creates brands like Yuengling and Troegs, plus smaller craft and specialty producers like Centre County’s own Otto’s, Happy Valley, Robin Hood and Elk Creek.

“We think about these issues all year long, but it’s good to have a month to remind our members and customers of the importance of ensuring that alcoholic beverages are effectively regulated as we do in April,” said Wiederhold.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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