With the opening of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in 2008, drunken driving in Bethlehem has almost doubled and the increase has been attributed to the casino by the Northampton County Drug & Alcohol Division. As per the Uniform Crime Reporting System data, the number of drunken driving arrests has increased to 304 in 2009 and 300 in 2011 whereas it was just 269 in 2008. Number of drunken driving offences have gone up to 39 in the current year as compared to just 22 in April, 2009. However, Northampton County has witnessed the drunken driving arrests at a consistent rate of 1,300 per year.
It has been reported that several job opportunities have of course been provided to the job-seekers but simultaneously use of alcohol on the casino floors and excessive gambling have turned out to be creating crime and other related problems for the society.
However, Lt. Mike Reszek, the Bethlehem police drunken driving coordinator is of the view that it is not the casinos in Bethlehem that encourage drunken driving. He sought better training and enforcement efforts to do away with the problem. Mary Carr, the County Drug and Alcohol Division Administrator also emphasized the need for stricter laws to cut down drunken driving cases.