2008 set record in Pa. for DUI arrests

April 7, 2009 9:00:37 AM PDT
Pennsylvania state troopers have a new record for the number of arrests for driving under the influence. State police announced Tuesday their officers made more than 16,000 arrests for driving under the influence last year.

That's a 3 percent increase over 2007 and the highest yearly total in the department's history.

Officials are crediting education, training and targeted enforcement. They're also conducting more evaluations to find drivers under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs.

The number of alcohol-related crashes fell 3 percent last year, while the number of fatalities from those crashes were down by 9 percent from the prior year.

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