Crashes increase over Thanksgiving holiday

Local News

State Police have announced the results of their Thanksgiving holiday enforcement efforts.

The report shows and increase in DUI arrests and crashed compared to last year.

Troopers investigated more than 1,100 crashes during the five-day period, up from 981 last year.

Eighty of those crashes were alcohol related and 637 people were arrested for DUI, which is slightly more than in 2017.

Of the 1,116 crashes investigated, 80 were alcohol-related, 213 people were injured, and four people were killed in four crashes. Similarly, during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday driving period, six people lost their lives in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Troopers made 637 DUI arrests over the long holiday weekend, up from 629 in 2017. They also issued 13,863 speeding citations, 1,256 citations for failing to wear a seat belt, and 136 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats.

These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
 
Crash Data
     Total Crashes    Fatal Crashes    People Killed    People Injured    Alcohol-Related Crashes
2017       981                   4                         4                      209                             85               
2018     1,116                  4                         4                      213                             80              
                              
Enforcement Data
     DUI Arrests    Speeding Citations    Child Seat Citations    Seat Belt Citations    Other Citations    
2017        629                  15,912                        172                         1,125                    15,211    
2018        637                  13,863                        136                         1,256                    18,320    
 
As the holiday season continues, drivers are encouraged to download the SaferRide app. The app provides a simple interface to call a taxi or a trusted friend for a ride if you have had too much to drink.

For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

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