As we enter another holiday, the Pennsylvania State Police say eight people died in traffic accidents investigated by their troopers over the three-day Christmas holiday travel period this year. 255 other people were injured during the survey period which ran from December 24 through December 26.
Seven deaths were reported during a four-day travel period last year.
This season, the PSP investigated about 900 crashes. They say 41 of the wrecks and two of the fatalities were considered alcohol-related. Seven of the eight people who died were not wearing seat belts.
State troopers made 151 arrests for driving under the influence. 983 speeding citations were issued, 193 people were cited for not wearing seat belts, and 23 drivers received citations for failing to properly restrain youngsters in child safety seats.
These numbers include only the data from accidents investigated by the State Police, and do not include crashes to which local municipal police responded.