PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania State Police say in 2010, for the 9th year in a row, they made a record number of DUI arrests.
Pennsylvania State Police say they made 17,965 DUI arrests last year, an increase of almost 800, or about 5%, over 2009. But state police spokesman Jack Lewis said there’s no evidence that people are drinking and driving more. He said the increase is likely due to better enforcement. One example he cited is a program that trains troopers and local police officers to look for signs of drivers who are impaired by substances other than alcohol.READ MORE: Apartment Fire In Norwood Leaves Several People Injured
“Last year alone, these drug recognition experts conducted 1,450 drug influence evaluations – that was a 29% increase.”READ MORE: 'I Just Have A Nightmare For Her': Loved Ones Of Hit And Run Victim Andree Broudo Still in Shock
And while the number of DUI arrests by Pennsylvania State Police increased last year, the 4,595 alcohol-related crashes investigated by troopers was 30 fewer than 2009.MORE NEWS: Double Shooting In South Philadelphia Leaves 1 Dead
Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060