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2014/2015 DUI Facts in PA 

There were over 53,000 DUI convictions during 2015, including 17,000 repeat DUI convictions.


There were over 10,500 crashes that resulted in 7,300 injuries and 333 deaths during 2014.

There are 140,000 individuals currently with suspended licenses due to DUI convictions, including over 72,000 repeat offenders (of which 7100 are currently on ignition interlock).  Based upon national studies, 50 – 75% of individuals continue to drive on a suspended license, which translates to 32,700 to 49,000 repeat DUI offenders that drive illegally and who have already shown a disregard for responsible drinking.  These individuals are some of the worst offenders and are many times the ones that kill innocent people, including many of our children. These are the ticking time bombs.

As this information shows, Pennsylvania citizens continue to suffer due to DUI offenders as well as living with an unacceptable high level of risk based on the number of DUI offenders who continue to drive illegally without a license.   



DUI/Alcohol 2013 Overview From PA DOT

[▶]  In Pennsylvania, drinking and driving remains a top safety issue. In 2013, alcohol-related crashes decreased to 11,041 from 11,956 alcohol-related crashes in 2012. Alcohol-related deaths decreased from 404 to 381 in 2012.

[▶]  Of particular concern is the involvement of drinking drivers under the age of 21. 19% of the driver deaths in the 16-20 age group were drinking drivers, up from 18% in 2012. Improvement in this age group is a very important need.

[▶]  Of equal focus is the 21 to 25 age group, in which 44% of the driver deaths were drinking drivers. This age group had the third worst percentage of all groups, and was up from 40% in 2012. The 26 to 30 age group decreased to 34% from 44% in 2012.

[▶]  In 2013, alcohol-related deaths were 32% of the total traffic deaths, nearly the same as in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

[▶]  Pennsylvania continues to take an aggressive posture to prevent and deter drinking and driving (particularly through the widespread use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols).

 2013 Briefs

[▶]  381 people died in alcohol-related crashes.

[▶]  91% of the alcohol-related occupant deaths (drivers and passengers) were in the vehicle driven by the drinking driver; 77% were the drinking drivers themselves.

[▶]  75% of the drinking drivers in traffic crashes were male.

[▶]  74% of the alcohol-related crashes were during the hours of darkness, usually on weekends.

[▶]  On average each day, 30 alcohol-related traffic crashes occurred.

[▶]  On average each day, 1.0 persons were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes.

[▶]  On average each day, 22 persons were injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes.

Alcohol Involvement in Crashes

Although alcohol-related crashes accounted for approximately 9% of the total crashes in 2013, they resulted in 32% of all persons killed in crashes. Alcohol-related crashes were 4.9 times more likely to result in death than those not related to alcohol (3.3% of the alcohol-related crashes resulted in death, compared to 0.7% of crashes which were not alcohol-related). “PDO Crashes” in the table below refers to property damage only crashes.

                                    Fatal Crashes    Deaths         Injury Crashes      Injuries              PDO Crashes
Alcohol-Related            363 (32.5%)    381 (31.5%)   5,864 (9.8%)     7,900 (9.5%)      4,814 (7.6%)
Non-Alcohol Related    754 (67.5%)    827 (68.5%) 54,053 (90.2%) 75,193 (90.5%) 58,293 (92.4%)
Total                          1,117(100%)   1,208 (100%)  59,917 (100%)  83,093 (100%)  63,107 (100%)

 

Alcohol-Related Crashes—Five-Year Trends

Alcohol-related crashes decreased in 2013, and were the lowest total in the last five years. Alcohol-related fatalities decreased in 2013, and were the lowest total in the last five years. Alcohol-related fatalities are trending in a good direction.

                                                                       2009    2010     2011       2012     2013
Crashes                                                       12,712 12,426  11,805    11,956  11,041
Fatal Crashes                                                   397      408        393         375       363
Injury Crashes                                               6,887   6,773     6,241      6,425    5,864
PDO Crashes                                                 5,428   5,245     5,171      5,156    4,814
Deaths                                                              449      459        428         404       381
Injuries                                                           9,536   9,321     8,471      8,724    7,900
Fatal Crashes per 100,000 Licensed Drivers   4.6       4.7         4.5          4.2         4.1
Deaths per 100,000 Licensed Drivers              5.2       5.2         4.9          4.6         4.3

Victims of Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes

There were 328 driver and passenger deaths in alcohol-related crashes in 2013, while 297 (91%) were the drinking drivers or their passengers.

Persons Involved Deaths
Drivers 278
  Drinking Drivers 252 (90.7%)
  Non-Drinking Drivers 26 (9.4%)
Passengers 50
  Passengers with Drinking Driver 45 (90.0%)
  Passengers with Non-Drinking Driver    5 (10.0%)
Pedestrians 49
  Drinking Pedestrian 32 (65.3%)
  Non-Drinking Pedestrian 17 (34.7%)
TOTAL DEATHS 381