State Police: Number Of DUI Arrests And Crashes Up In PA

19, 963 DUI arrests were made in 2017

Joe DeStio
August 29, 2018 - 12:31 pm



HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The number of DUI arrests and DUI-related crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police are up.

Numbers just released for 2017 show 19, 963 DUI arrests.

That's an increase of one percent from 2016 when 19,518 people were arrested.

This includes people under the influence of alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter medications and illicit drugs.

In a statement said Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick, Acting Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police says, “Driving under the influence – regardless of the method of impairment – is a serious crime that puts the lives of drivers, passengers, and first responders at risk every day . . . The consequences of a DUI conviction are long-lasting, and the results of a DUI-related crash can be devastating.”

 The number of DUI-related crashes is up sharply, an increase of more than 14 percent to nearly 5,200.

These numbers only include arrests and crashed investigated by State Police and do not including other law enforcement agencies in the state.

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