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Pennsylvania State Police: DUI Arrest Record Set Last Year

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state troopers made 17,695 arrests last year for driving under the influence, the ninth straight year the department has set a record.

The figures released Thursday represent a 5 percent increase over 2009.

One factor is a wider deployment of drug recognition techniques. The 1,450 drug influence evaluations they conducted last year represented a 29 percent increase over the prior year.

The number of alcohol-related crashes that troopers investigate fell slightly last year, to 4,595.

The totals do not include DUI arrests by local police.

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  • mkk

    A few years ago , they even arrested the former PA State Police comissioner himself for DUI!

  • Christi

    Jim- Are you stupid or do you not know what year it is? The 17,695 was from 2010 so that story is correct. We are only in 2011 and it says the numbers from LAST year…

  • Jim

    A 5% increase over 2009. What happened to 2010 genius? The facts mean zilch without recent comparison. Was 2010 up or down? The sad fact is that DUI is still a major issue across the country. With most states needing money to stay afloat look for more strict and lower bac levels and larger fines.

  • Vince Bottone

    as long as they keep giving police bonuses for busting people and fining people thousands of dollars for duis it will go up every year….especially when the economy is bad and they need the money…i hear its more about revenue then public safety

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