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Memorial Day Holiday Crashes Investigated by State Police

05/30/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Troopers investigated a total of 757 traffic crashes during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, from May 26 through May 29, 2017.
 
The crashes resulted in 178 injuries and nine fatalities. Alcohol was a factor in 61 of the crashes, including one fatal collision.

Troopers made 550 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 13,916 speeding citations over the long holiday weekend. State police also cited 1,256 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 198 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
 
During last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, six people died and 282 others were injured in 839 crashes to which state troopers responded. These statistics cover only those crashes 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
Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2016
839
6
6
282
79
3
2017
757
9
9
178
61
1
ENFORCEMENT DATA
DUI Arrests
Speeding Citations
Child Seat Citations
Seat Belt Citations
Other Citations
2016
475
13,935
289
1,222
13,228
2017
550
13,916
198
1,256
13,703
 
In addition to the work of enforcing traffic laws, troopers remain proactive in educating the public on traffic safety and applicable laws. In 2016, state police members conducted more than 1,500 driver education presentations. These presentations are conducted at no cost for schools, community groups, and businesses. To arrange a presentation, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
Crash and enforcement data by troop is attached.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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