Drivers Involved in Crashes
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT, 2016), there were 60,265 injuries and 1,188 fatalities due to crashes in the state of Pennsylvania last year. Crashes involved drivers of all ages, but predominately those over the age of 20 and below the age of 65.
Drinking drivers continued to be the most dangerous drivers in Pennsylvania last year. According to the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s 2015 Briefs Report, drinking and driving remains a top safety issue in the state. In fact, alcohol-related deaths represented 29% of all traffic related deaths in 2015, with drivers in the 21 to 25 age group presenting the greatest problem when it came to drinking and driving.
According to the Pennsylvania DUI Association, three out of four drinking drivers were male. While those age 21 to 30 had the highest percentage of crashes by age groups, those in the 31 to 35 age group had the highest percentage (47%) of drinking driver deaths.
While Pennsylvania continues to take an aggressive stance when it comes to drinking and driving and seeks to prevent and deter this practice, the fact remains that too many people have died because people have chosen to drink and drive. In 2015:
- 345 people died in alcohol-related crashes
- 93% of the alcohol-related occupant deaths (drivers and passengers) were in vehicles driven by drinking drivers
- 73% of the alcohol-related crashes occurred at night, typically on weekends
- On average, 29 alcohol-related traffic crashes occurred each day
- On average, one person died in an alcohol-related traffic crash every day
- On average, 19 people were injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes every day