Thinking about driving home after a night out on the town? Think again. From 2006-2016, there were 53,721 DUI arrests on Philadelphia streets.
Still thinking about it?
Check Your Route
Check your route to find out just how many people have been arrested for DUI on it over the last ten years. Click the link or the image then enter any two Philadelphia addresses from point A to point B.
Deep down, nearly everyone understands that drunk driving is dangerous. Yet, people continue to do it every day.
At Anapol Weiss, we take public safety very seriously, but we understand there are different ways to get through to people. For some, all the morbid statistics and public safety campaigns in the world aren’t enough to discourage the choice to drive drunk. For those people, the threat of a DUI arrest – along with the financial and social burden that comes along with one – maybe a better way to reach them.
Whatever the method, as long as the message reaches people, starts the conversation AND changes the behavior, Philadelphia will be safer for it.
A Closer Look at the Numbers
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a top safety issue throughout the state. Although Pennsylvania saw a decline in alcohol-related crashes and fatalities in 2016, alcohol nonetheless accounted for 25% of all traffic fatalities in the state.
DUI arrests in Pennsylvania have skyrocketed in recent years as well, with 2016 recording 11,305 incidents – a 17% increase from the previous year.
Drinking and driving not only affects the driver, but also those around them. 10% of all alcohol-related fatalities were non-drinking drivers – responsible bystanders who happened to be in the way of an intoxicated, dangerous driver.
Tips to Stay Safe in DUI-Heavy Areas
With the onslaught of football, basketball, and hockey season just around the corner, educating yourself on the prevalence and potential danger of DUIs is more important than ever.
- Drink responsibly. It only takes an average 180-lb man about 4 drinks over the course of a couple hours to hit the legal .08 blood alcohol limit.
- Avoid driving near stadiums and arenas on game days. Although the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park all have Codes of Conduct to prohibit excessive alcohol consumption, there are nonetheless people who ignore these guidelines.
- Stay in for the holidays. Alcohol-related fatalities in 2016 accounted for 32% of all Pennsylvania fatalities that occurred during holiday weekends.
- Walking home drunk can be dangerous too. Roughly 12% of alcohol-related fatalities in Pennsylvania involved intoxicated pedestrians.
- Avoid driving at night. 73% of alcohol-related crashes occurred at night, with the most happening from midnight-4am.
- Plan ahead for a safe ride home. There’s no shortage of ridesharing services in Philly. Avoiding a DUI and a dangerous situation is as easy as hailing a taxi, calling an Uber, or hailing a Lyft.
Looking to the Future
At one point, Pennsylvania was considered to have some of the most lenient DUI laws in the nation, but it looks to be changing that by passing new laws more strictly enforcing DUIs. In August, a law was passed expanding their ignition interlock program to include first-time offenders.
Anyone in the state caught with a blood alcohol level above .10 will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for 12 months. This requires drivers to blow into the device before starting their vehicle – if their BAC is too high, the vehicle is put on a temporary lock for five minutes. For every failed attempt, that duration is extended.
If you’re already at the legal limit of .08, it typically only takes one additional drink within the next hour to bump that up to .10.
Be mindful, drink responsibly, and keep Philly safe!