Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Statistics

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Year
Fatalities
Tot
Alc-Rel
%
0.08+
%
1982
1,819
1,048
58
942
52
1983
1,721
980
57
898
52
1984
1,727
934
54
840
49
1985
1,771
961
54
857
48
1986
1,894
1,042
55
923
49
1987
1,987
1,042
52
939
47
1988
1,931
935
48
844
44
1989
1,877
981
52
882
47
1990
1,646
846
51
752
46
1991
1,661
807
49
720
43
1992
1,545
729
47
644
42
1993
1,529
700
46
628
41
1994
1,441
612
42
541
38
1995
1,480
619
42
546
37
1996
1,469
588
40
532
36
1997
1,557
626
40
562
36
1998
1,481
642
43
573
39
1999
1,549
618
40
538
35
2000
1,520
647
43
582
38
2001
1,532
646
42
566
37
2002
1,614
649
40
556
34
2003
1,577
618
39
542
34
2004
1,490
614
41
541
36
2005
1,616
636
39
559
35
2006
1,517
556
37
487
32
2007
1,491
578
39
500
34
2008
1,468
578
39
496
34
2009
1,256
470
37
406
32
2010
1,324
502
38
433
33
2011
1,286
464
36
407
32

The table above shows the total number of traffic fatalities (Tot) for the Pennsylvania, alcohol related fatalities (Alc-Rel) and fatalities in crashes where the highest BAC in the crash was 0.08 or above (0.08+).

It is important to note that the Pennsylvania drunk driving statistics, as shown above, include data from individuals who were in an alcohol-related crash, but not driving a motor vehicle at the time. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines alcohol-related deaths as "fatalities that occur in crashes where at least one driver or non-occupant (pedestrian or bicyclist) involved in the crash has a positive Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) value."

The fatality rates shown above refer to the number of people killed in all traffic accidents and, separately, in alcohol related traffic accidents, per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

All 50 states in the US now apply two statutory offenses to driving under the influence of alcohol. The first (and original) offense is known either as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI), or operating [a motor vehicle] while intoxicated/impaired (OWI). This is based upon a police officer's observations (driving behavior, slurred speech, the results of a roadside sobriety test, etc.)

The second offense is called "illegal per se", which is driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. Since 2002 it has been illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC that is 0.08% or higher.

Criminal status of DUI laws in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, 1st or 2nd offenses are 2nd degree misdemeanors, 3rd or subsequent offenses are 1st degree misdemeanors. Citation:18 ? 1104(1) & (2) &
75 ?3731(e)(1) (2)

Sources for Pennsylvania drunk driving information and statistics

US Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 12/02
(2) National Conference of State Legislatures, 2004

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