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DUI Fatalities: Which PA Counties are the Worst?

See where your county ranked in a county-by-county analysis


Pennsylvania has seen a decrease in drunk driving fatalities. In fact, the Pennsyvlania DUI Association says the number of fatal DUI crashes went down 17% between 2016 and 2017. Still, some areas of the state are more likely to see these types of accidents. The auto insurance company ValuePenguin did an analysis of fatal DUIs in Pennsylvania, county by county.

In Pennsylvania, among LARGE counties by population, here are the top 5 counties with the most fatal DUIs, per 100,000 residents:

  1. Monroe 4.51
  2. Butler 2.61
  3. Centre 2.6
  4. Luzerne 2.0

Westmoreland (#7) and Washington (#10) counties also showed up in the top 10. Counties comprised of the largest cities in the state, like Allegheny, were among the safest. In fact Allegheny was #4 on the list of counties with the biggest improvement in decreasing fatal DUIs. Beaver County showed the most improvement.

Among MEDIUM sized counties, Indiana topped the list of counties with the most fatal DUIs, with Armstrong (#3) and Fayette (#5) showing up as the other southwestern PA counties in the top 10.

Among SMALL sized counties, Greene (#10) was the only county in the top 10.

Susquehanna County was most deadly with 7.69 DUI fatalities per 100,000 residents

The researchers recommend counties that had the highest number of DUI fatalities re-evaluate prevention programs and those with low numbers share innovative ideas with other county leaders.

Click here to see the whole list of counties.

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