Local area beating state DUI trend; still, serious issue persists

The number of state police arrests for drunken driving rose by 1 percent last year, according to recently released statistics.

State police made 20,143 DUI arrests in 2018, compared to 19,963 in 2017. And since 2014, there has been a 12-percent increase in the number of people state police have charged with drunken driving statewide.

But there’s a much different story in the region covered by Troop F headquartered in Montoursville. Troop F, which patrols in the counties of Lycoming, Tioga, Clinton, Union, Northumberland, Snyder, Montour, Potter and Cameron, made 229 DUI arrests in 2018, down 28 percent from the 318 arrests made in 2017.

Even though those numbers may be down locally, the sad fact is that people are continuing to drink and drive, putting all of the motoring public at risk.

With the Labor Day weekend ahead, it’s a good time to reconsider personal choices and refrain from this deadly practice.

“DUI, despite our best efforts through education and enforcement, still remains a very serious problem,” said Trooper Ryan Tarkowski, state police communications director.

Deadly serious, in fact.