"Pennsylvania has such a high DUI fatality rate because we have so many rural roads...not because the PLCB doesn't control sales of alcohol very well."
While PA does rank 6th worst in total in the US for Rural Road fatalities (2009) we rank 16th worst in DUI fatalities (2011). For fatalities per 100 million rural road miles driven PA isn't in the top ten or even top twenty but is number 23 (2009).
I had this page full of numbers and charts and math to prove the point but it comes down to this:
Of the six border states and PA itself, PA is 5th worse in rural road death rate per 100 million miles traveled. It also turns out that PA is 5th worse in DUI fatalities. In fact the rural road death rate and the DUI fatality rate coincide with each other for all seven states. New Jersey has the lowest rural road and DUI fatality rate and West Virginia has the highest. Common sense shows that the rural road fatality rate is a causation of DUI rate and not the other way around. Maybe the next excuse by the clerks will be to blame PennDot because we have too many potholes...anything but the lack of control by the PLCB
|(rates based on per 100 million miles traveled)|
Looking at DUI fatality rates per 100,000 population we have
New Jersey - 1.7
New York - 1.9
Maryland - 2.7
Ohio - 3.0
Pennsylvania - 3.4
Delaware - 4.0
West Virginia - 4.7
I do want you to notice that the 4 states with better than PA's DUI rates all have private liquor sales and the one other control state (WV) has a worse DUI rate.
You could say that having the PLCB is killing more Pennsylvanians than would happen without it..