Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Traffic deaths in 2016 mark record low in Pa.

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The 1,188 traffic deaths in Pennsylvan­ia last year marked a record low since record-keeping began in 1928, PennDOT announced Monday.

The number was 12 fewer than in 2015. Fatalities increased, however, in some types of crashes. There were 279 deaths at intersecti­ons last year, up from 251 the year before. Pedestrian deaths resulting from crashes were up from 153 to 172 in the same period.

Deaths resulting from crashes involving vehicles being run off the road dropped from 580 in 2015 to 518 last year. Wrecks in which someone died after hitting a “fixed object” went from 459 to 401 in the same period. And deaths linked to drunken-drivng crashes went from 306 to 263, also in the same time frame.

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