Traffic crashes in Pennsylvania took 24 more lives in 2012 than in the previous year, but the total number of collisions dropped by more than one thousand.
Those facts were among the mixed bag of statistics released by PennDOT regarding traffic fatalities and injuries reported in the last calendar year.
The agency says the number of fatalities in crashes involving drinking drivers decreased last year to 377, the lowest number in more than a decade. Fatalities among 16- and 17-year-old drivers also dropped, and there were fewer distracted driving crashes involving cell phone use.
On the other hand, Pennsylvania saw increases in pedestrian and motorcycle deaths, and in fatalities in crashes involving drivers aged 65 and older.