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12/27/2018

State Police Announces Christmas Holiday Enforcement Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2018
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers arrested 330 people for driving under the influence during the four-day Christmas holiday from Dec. 22 through Dec. 25, 2018. The total represents an increase from the 243 DUI arrests made during the 2017 Christmas holiday driving period, which spanned three days.
 
State police investigated 622 crashes over the long holiday weekend, including 54 collisions involving alcohol. Six people were killed in five fatal crashes investigated by PSP.
 
In addition to DUI enforcement, troopers issued 2,460 speeding citations, 289 seatbelt citations, and 58 child safety seat citations.
 
Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here. These statistics cover only incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
 
 
CRASH DATA
Enforcement Period
Total Crashes
Fatal Crashes
People Killed
People Injured
Alcohol-Related Crashes
Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2017
3 days
529
4
5
102
60
1
2018
4 days
622
5
6
128
54
0
 
 
ENFORCEMENT DATA
Enforcement Period
DUI Arrests
Speeding Citations
Child Seat Citations
Seat Belt Citations
Other Citations
2017
3 days
243
1.261
26
145
3,237
2018
4 days
330
2,460
58
289
5,543
 
With New Year’s Eve celebrations still to come, drivers are reminded to plan ahead for a safe ride home. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SaferRide app is free to download on Apple and Android devices. Once installed, 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.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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