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Underage Drinking Citations in Pennsylvania Declining

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September 27, 2017

Underage drinking citations statewide have decreased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2016. In Pennsylvania an underage drinking citation is issued to anyone under the age of 21 who is caught consuming, transporting, purchasing or attempting to purchase any alcoholic beverage. These numbers do not include driving under the influence offenses.

Data is based on the following state law:  Title 18, section 6308 A. The infographic below highlights key data and demographics about underage drinking in Pennsylvania. Or download a high-resolution file of the graphic.

County-specific data is available at the end of the news release.

Underage Drinking Citations in Pennsylvania Declining

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Media contact:    Kim Bathgate, 717-231-3331

 

Editor’s Note:

County-specific underage drinking data

 

Title 18 Section 6308 A (Purch Etc Alcoh Bev By A Minor) offenses filed from 1/1/2012 through 12/31/2016, as recorded in the Magisterial District Judge System (MDJS) and Common Pleas Case Management System (CPCMS) for Philadelphia Municipal Court.

County

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

Percentage of Overall

Adams

273

251

216

145

133

1,018

1.02%

Allegheny

2,738

2,404

2,041

1,720

1,567

10,470

10.48%

Armstrong

89

83

106

67

72

417

0.42%

Beaver

236

171

120

166

130

823

0.82%

Bedford

42

76

34

28

15

195

0.20%

Berks

654

641

667

440

418

2,820

2.82%

Blair

434

352

370

241

335

1,732

1.73%

Bradford

69

108

55

60

89

381

0.38%

Bucks

1,034

735

646

491

367

3,273

3.28%

Butler

391

341

370

361

370

1,833

1.83%

Cambria

223

255

169

150

81

878

0.88%

Cameron

3

6

2

1

4

16

0.02%

Carbon

84

54

102

33

35

308

0.31%

Centre

1,597

1,388

1,502

1,285

1,305

7,077

7.08%

Chester

1,425

1,271

1,365

1,025

934

6,020

6.03%

Clarion

198

111

116

111

83

619

0.62%

Clearfield

86

77

58

66

65

352

0.35%

Clinton

185

124

97

124

101

631

0.63%

Columbia

718

561

465

497

479

2,720

2.72%

Crawford

179

121

129

104

90

623

0.62%

Cumberland

778

800

533

480

479

3,070

3.07%

Dauphin

541

496

354

338

347

2,076

2.08%

Delaware

1,601

1,338

1,185

856

654

5,634

5.64%

Elk

89

44

39

22

26

220

0.22%

Erie

748

626

462

336

314

2,486

2.49%

Fayette

126

118

129

108

78

559

0.56%

Forest

8

5

4

3

3

23

0.02%

Franklin

190

154

126

116

91

677

0.68%

Fulton

14

10

10

11

15

60

0.06%

Greene

50

22

25

25

19

141

0.14%

Huntingdon

63

63

38

29

32

225

0.23%

Indiana

729

602

648

433

444

2,856

2.86%

Jefferson

82

89

90

39

27

327

0.33%

Juniata

22

20

20

5

11

78

0.08%

Lackawanna

539

310

351

317

266

1,783

1.78%

Lancaster

723

563

442

400

365

2,493

2.50%

Lawrence

153

94

68

69

61

445

0.45%

Lebanon

262

116

120

114

114

726

0.73%

Lehigh

500

347

288

215

193

1,543

1.54%

Luzerne

687

518

470

364

238

2,277

2.28%

Lycoming

315

236

220

172

139

1,082

1.08%

McKean

97

83

80

83

40

383

0.38%

Mercer

205

145

157

80

68

655

0.66%

Mifflin

56

67

55

40

51

269

0.27%

Monroe

414

318

269

248

166

1,415

1.42%

Montgomery

1,573

1,427

1,300

1,023

854

6,177

6.18%

Montour

7

9

22

17

6

61

0.06%

Northampton

767

558

498

353

387

2,563

2.57%

Northumberland

193

128

97

111

71

600

0.60%

Perry

81

47

18

12

9

167

0.17%

Philadelphia

758

1,322

988

674

533

4,275

4.28%

Pike

98

35

96

67

17

313

0.31%

Potter

26

13

20

29

28

116

0.12%

Schuylkill

281

236

169

82

67

835

0.84%

Snyder

73

61

47

23

38

242

0.24%

Somerset

92

78

25

30

17

242

0.24%

Sullivan

9

5

0

1

1

16

0.02%

Susquehanna

53

40

32

14

8

147

0.15%

Tioga

81

102

87

85

45

400

0.40%

Union

192

173

131

162

159

817

0.82%

Venango

86

56

30

34

25

231

0.23%

Warren

40

48

48

57

28

221

0.22%

Washington

815

686

779

770

587

3,637

3.64%

Wayne

44

34

43

45

7

173

0.17%

Westmoreland

355

312

355

238

250

1,510

1.51%

Wyoming

25

24

17

33

16

115

0.12%

York

902

758

638

646

406

3,350

3.35%

Grand Total

26,201

22,466

20,253

16,524

14,473

99,917

100.00%

 

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