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New Years Holiday Crashes Increase By More Than 450 In Pennsylvania

January 9, 2014

The Pennsylvania State Police say they investigated 459 more automobile crashes this year over the three-day New Years holiday period than they did one year ago.

In 836 crashes to which troopers responded between December 31 and January 2, one death was reported and 146 people were injured.  Last year at the same time, the PSP reported one death and 86 injuries in 377 crashes.

The numbers cover only the accidents to which the State Police responded, and do not include crashes investigated by local police officials.  The PSP says 36 of the crashes they were called to were alcohol-related.

Troopers made 220 arrests for driving under the influence, issued 3,013 speeding citations, cited 361 individuals for failure to wear seat belts, and gave out 42 citations for failing to properly restrain children in child safety seats.

The State Police had previously released a statement saying they investigated about 900 traffic accidents involving eight deaths and 255 injuries over the three-day Christmas holiday travel period from December 24 until December 26.  41 of those accidents and two of the deaths were considered alcohol-related.  Seven of the eight travelers who died were not wearing seat belts.

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