Alcohol & the Law

Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol pose a serious threat not only to themselves, but to all Pennsylvanians. The PLCB Bureau of Alcohol Education tries to stop drunk driving before it happens . The root causes of drunk driving - dangerous drinking and underage drinking, are themselves major social issues that can  be  prevented through education and collaboration among multiple stakeholders. Underage drinking and driving is an area of special concern.

The PLCB BAE has a zero-tolerance stance on underage drinking.  Because teenagers are inexperienced at  driving as well as  drinking, teenagers who drive after drinking illegally are extremely dangerous to themselves, their passengers, and other drivers on the road. People over 21 years old who choose to drink alcohol  should be in control of both their alcohol consumption and their choice of transportation. Those who serve alcohol can be trained by our Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) to recognize patrons who have had too much to drink, and to stop serving them alcohol.  We also have educational materials which provide information on Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and how the body breaks down alcohol, so that people can make informed decisions about their alcohol intake.

The laws which make driving while intoxicated illegal aim to protect the public from drunk drivers, and can be found here: 
Chapter 38