Reports on DUIs in Franklin County has some interesting details

February 20 – The Director of Drug and Alcohol for Franklin County released a preliminary report for DUIs in Franklin County recently. 

Franklin County Commissioner John Flannery said, “In the grand scheme of things, we fare pretty well to the rest of the state from my initial brief through the report.”

Chambersburg is the most popular area for DUI crashes, followed by Waynesboro and Greencastle. 

Flannery pointed out, “So that’s probably a population thing.”

The ages of the drivers were mostly between 21 and 34 – that was the number one age group. 

For non-DUI crashes, Friday is the most popular day of the week. 

Flannery continued, “For DUI crashes, it’s Saturday, followed by Sunday, oddly enough, and then Friday. Of course the time of day for non-DUI crashes is between 3pm and 5pm. For DUI crashes 11pm to 2am. That tells you a lot.”

Between 2020 and 2023, there were 54,146 vehicle stops and 932 involved DUI – that’s 1.7%.

Are the numbers going down at all? 

Flannery said, “In the county people aged 18 to 25 in Franklin County make up 8.9% of our adult population, but they’re responsible for 21.6% of DUIs. Statistically, compared to other counties our size, and that includes Beaver County, Center County and Adams County, we are either best or second best. The worst is Adams. They’re way above us. You can look at population centers and the police force that’s in place in these areas. That has a lot to do with it as well. But statistically, we are level or slightly on the decline from what I initially saw. So it doesn’t look horrible.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “It’s interesting that there was a statewide report that was released about the numbers and speeding. I was struck by how expensive it is. I haven’t gotten a speeding ticket, I guess in quite a number of years now. For 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, it starts at $200. That’s enough to make me pay attention. Being the miser I am, that’s a good thing for me to learn today because when I know I could get a $200 ticket that’s going to make me think twice about going over that speed limit by maybe more than just a few miles per hour.” 

The traffic report also showed more men than women are stopped for speeding. 

Flannery said, “I’m going from memory from reading this report, but these DUI stops were 80/20 men to women if my memory serves me. I might be off by a percent or two here or there, but again, the same thing, 80/20 men to women.”