HARRISBURG, Pa., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania State Police announced an increase in driving under the influence (DUI) arrest totals for 2015. Troopers were responsible for 18,801 DUI arrests, which marks a 6.2 percent increase in the totals from 2014.
Nearly one-fourth, or 4,431, of these DUI arrests were for driving while impaired on drugs. This number represents an increase of 43 percent compared to the total number of DUI-drug arrests made in 2014. In addition to these arrest totals, department members investigated 4,492 DUI-related crashes.
"One of the main goals of the Pennsylvania State Police is to work diligently to keep Pennsylvania's roadways safe," said State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. "Getting impaired drivers off the roads before they injure themselves or others goes a long way toward achieving that goal."
The statistics cover only those arrests and crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics from other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania.
In addition to the work of enforcing DUI laws, troopers remain proactive in educating the public on alcohol awareness and the consequences of driving impaired. In 2015, state police members conducted over 3,000 driver education presentations, many of which dealt with the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. These presentations are conducted, upon request, for schools, community groups and businesses. To arrange a similar presentation, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACT: Tpr. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police