2018 PA Crash Facts & Statistics  

provided by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot)


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania consists of 67 counties. Each county includes local
municipalities, a combination of cities, boroughs, first class townships, and/or second class
townships. In total, there are approximately 2,500 municipalities throughout the 67 counties.
One of these municipalities, the Town of Bloomsburg in Columbia County, is the only official
“town” in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles* of roads and highways; 33% (39,739 miles*) are state
highways maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and the
remaining 67% (80,788 miles*) are maintained by local municipalities and other entities.
Motor-vehicle traffic crashes that occur on Pennsylvania roads and highways are investigated
and reported by both the Pennsylvania State Police and the approximately 1,300 local
municipal police departments. The valuable information originating from these police crash
reports is the basis for the statistics that are presented throughout this booklet.

In 2018, there were 128,420 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. These crashes claimed
the lives of 1,190 people and injured another 78,219 people. To add some perspective, the
2018 total of reportable traffic crashes is the fourteenth lowest total since 1950 when 113,748
crashes were reported.

Last year, there were approximately 101.6 billion vehicle-miles* of travel on Pennsylvania’s
roads and highways. The 2018 fatality rate of 1.17 fatalities per hundred million vehicle-miles
of travel* was the second lowest ever recorded in Pennsylvania since the department started
keeping records of this in 1935. 

Click here to view the 2018 Crash Facts and Statistics Report by PennDot

How Lancaster Compares to the national average

National Average Alcohol Use and Driving
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Rates

In 2018 traffic fatalities (36,560) and people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes (10,511) were fewer than in 2009. The percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in 2018 decreased to 29 percent.

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State Average Alcohol Use and Driving

Pennsylvania had a total of 1,137 total fatalities in 2017, with 524 of them caused by drivers with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher. This accounted for 46% of the total crashes in 2017 in Pennsylvania.


National and State Average Drug Use and Driving

Although the statistics provided for drug use while driving have not been updated from the 2015 national study, it was found that an average of 21% of drivers nationwide tested positive for drug prevalence while driving.  Ten percent of those tested were positive for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. 

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Lancaster County DUI Stats

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In 2018 in Lancaster County, there were 6,038 crashes.  Of those crashes, 487 were related to alcohol, drug, alcohol & drug, or underage drinking driver.  That is 8% of the total crashes in Lancaster County.  This includes 7 fatalities caused by an impaired driver.


The 5-year trend from 2014-2018 showed Lancaster County having an average of 495 impaired driving crashes. 


Preliminary data from PennDot shows that Lancaster County had a total of 446 impaired driving crashes in 2019.  This is a near 10% decrease in impaired driving crashes from the previous 5 year trend. 


With the increase in education, prevention, and treatment by our local providers, we are now seeing the hard work pay off in the data!

Source: Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool, PennDot