Chester County ranked second in Pennsylvania for its number of DUI arrests last year, behind only the Harrisburg region, according to recently released figures from Pennsylvania State Police, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.
In 2018, state troopers made 20,143 DUI arrests, compared to 19,963 the previous year. Additionally, state police investigated 4,926 DUI-related crashes last year, a slight decrease from 5,180 in 2017.
On a local level, Troop J, covering Chester County, had 1,819 DUI arrests and investigated 338 DUI-related accidents. This was only topped by Troop H, covering the Harrisburg area, which had 2,444 arrests in 2018.
Troop K, covering Delaware County, had 1,707 DUI arrests.
Corrinne Arnosky, manager of victim services at the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter, said she has noticed an increase in DUI checkpoints in the area.
“Over the last few years, there has been a greater awareness of drunk and drugged driving,” she said. Police “have added more locations and dates for checkpoints. And officers are now more aware and trained regularly to look for signs of impairment.”
Read more about DUI arrests in the Daily Local News here.