Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania passed a law in 2016 that requires ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers with a  blood alcohol concentration of .10 and above. This was a significant step for Pennsylvania that will increase the use of ignition interlocks. MADD will continue to work with Pennsylvania to enact administrative license revocations for offenders at .08 BAC and above and to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law. Pennsylvania could also improve its drunk driving laws by making it a felony offense to drive drunk with a child passenger. Find out more about Pennsylvania's ignition interlock law



Drunk Driving:

364 representing 30% of all total traffic deaths, a 4.3% increase from last year.

44,615

For more information on statistics, please contact MADD's Government Affairs department at policy@madd.org.

Underage Drinking:

28.30%

445,000

18.70% people

294,000 people

SAMHSA Report to Congress on The Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking, May 2011
NOTE: Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.



Laws:

Vehicular Homicide
Statutes providing for penalties to be brought against a drunk driver who kills another person through the operation of a motor vehicle, either intentionally or negligently.

Social Host
Social host laws allow for adults to be held responsible to furnishing alcohol to those under 21 years old

Sobriety Checkpoints
Sobriety checkpoints are an enforcement program that allows officers to stop all or predetermined vehicles to check for sobriety of the drivers.

Mandatory Alcohol Assessment/Treatment
Law that mandates all convicted DUI/DWI offenders undergo an assessment of alcohol abuse problems and participate in required treatment program.

DUI Child Endangerment
Statutes which allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle

Dram Shop
Laws allowing liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

.08 Per Se Law
Law that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration.



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By participating, you will help pass legislation to keep our roads safe from drunk driving and to prevent underage drinking. 

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