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Thursday, September 2, 2010

453 Killed in Drunk Driving Crashes Last Year In PA/Stay Safe

PennDOT and the PA DUI Association Demonstrate Ignition Interlock to Kick off the Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Clearfield – Representatives from PennDOT, the PA DUI Association, and the Clearfield County DUI Task Force, along with Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr., gathered today at Automart in Clearfield to demonstrate an ignition interlock device.

The demonstration was held in conjunction with the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, which runs from Friday, September 3, at 6 p.m. until Monday, September 6, at midnight. According to PennDOT crash statistics, the Labor Day holiday is the fourth highest of the year for alcohol-related crashes.

Ignition interlock devices like the one shown today are required for motorists who wish to drive after their second or subsequent driving under the influence offense in a 10-year period. The interlock requires the driver to blow into a tube before starting his or her vehicle. The interlock will not allow a vehicle to start if the driver has consumed alcohol. Additionally, the driver is tested at random intervals while the vehicle is in operation. Currently, more than 5,700 Pennsylvania residents have the interlock installed on their vehicles.

In 2009, more than 47,000 attempts to drive while impaired were stopped in Pennsylvania due to the interlock device.

Last year 453 people were killed in Pennsylvania in drinking driver crashes. Of those fatalities, 20 occurred in the nine-county region that makes up PennDOT’s District 2.

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Anonymous said...

453 killed by drunk drivers, how many killed by pot heads? I do not see no estimation for deaths by pot heads. This shows what truly should be illegal, and what should be legalized.

Anonymous said...

It is beyond me how anyone could or would get behind a wheel after drinking. If an idiot wants to kill themself then why would he be selfish enough to run down me or my family. There is no reason for anyone to drink and drive.

Mr Realistic said...

Answer this one......what should truly be illegal???? What kind of idiots want to kill themselves? Now read the statistics that are posted below about tobacco.Keep in mind that this is just for Pennsylvania.

Deaths in Pennsylvania From Smoking
Adults who die each year from their own smoking 20,000
Kids now under 18 and alive in Pennsylvania who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 300,000
Adult nonsmokers who die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke 2,190

Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined -- and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes -- such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use. No good estimates are currently available, however, for the number of Pennsylvania citizens who die from these other tobacco-related causes, or for the much larger numbers who suffer from tobacco-related health problems each year without actually dying.

Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in Pennsylvania
Annual health care costs in Pennsylvania directly caused by smoking $5.19 billion
- Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $1.7 billion
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $666 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Pennsylvania $4.73 billion

Mrs. Realistic said...

And how much money was demanded from and paid to the State and Federal governments by Phillip Morris?

What other industry is forced to pay the States and Federal governments for the damage their products cause?

How about hitting up Jim Beam and Jack Daniels for a few million to help the State and Federal government for the cost these products do to peoples liver and harm to families that the very same programs dish out of our tax dollars?