Hol­i­day week­end sees more crashes, fewer in­juries, fa­tal­i­ties

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - STATE -

Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated more crashes over the Thanks­giv­ing week­end than last year, but said that there were fewer fa­tal crashes and fewer in­juries.

State Po­lice re­ported Tues­day that it in­ves­ti­gated 981 crashes be­tween Nov. 22 and Nov .26 across the state. That’s a 5.4 per­cent in­crease from the 931 crashes last year dur­ing the same time frame.

Though there were two fewer fa­tal crashes this year — four down from six in 2016 — and fewer in­juries — 209 in­jured peo­ple down from 271.

The num­ber of al­co­hol­re­lated crashes in­creased. Of the 981 crashes this year, 85 were al­co­hol-re­lated. Last year, 61 of the crashes had in­volved al­co­hol.

Aside from the crashes, State Po­lice made a num­ber of ar­rest sand is­sued ci­ta­tions dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod. Po­lice made 629 DUI ar­rests, which is up from 610 ar­rests last year.

Po­lice also is­sued 15,912 speed­ing ci­ta­tions, 172 child seat ci­ta­tions and 1,125 seat belt ci­ta­tions.

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