Higher num­ber of Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day crashes re­ported

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Pennsylvania State Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated 1,116 crashes dur­ing the five­day Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day driving pe­riod from Nov. 21 through Nov. 25, 2018.

The to­tal rep­re­sents a 13.8 per­cent in­crease com­pared to the 981 crashes in­ves­ti­gated dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day driving pe­riod 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.

Ac­cord­ing to State Po­lice, Troop K, which re­sponds to in­ci­dents in Montgomery, Philadel­phia and Delaware coun­ties, re­sponded to 169 crashes over the hol­i­day. Of those 169, 18 in­juries were re­ported and seven crashes were re­lated to al­co­hol.

Troop L, which re­sponds to in­ci­dents in Schuylkill, Berks and Le­banon coun­ties, re­ported 45 crashes with six in­juries and four al­co­hol re­lated crashes.

Troop J, which re­sponds to Ch­ester and Lan­caster coun­ties re­ported 64 crashes in­clud­ing one fa­tal­ity. Of the 64 crashes, 22 peo­ple were re­port­edly in­jured and 10 of those 64 crashes were re­lated to al­co­hol.

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.

As the hol­i­day sea­son con­tin­ues, driv­ers are en­cour­aged to down­load the Safer­Ride app. De­vel­oped by the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion, 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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