HARRISBURG – During the Fourth of July holiday driving period, 247 people were injured and eight people were killed in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police.
State troopers investigated a total of 695 crashes between July 3 and July 6. Of those crashes, 72 were alcohol-related, including two of the fatalities. Two of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
During the same period, state troopers arrested 487 people for driving under the influence.
During the four-day period, troopers issued 9,646 speeding citations, cited 870 motorists for failing to wear seatbelts and issued 201 citations to motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
The number of people killed decreased over last year’s Fourth of July holiday period. Between July 3 and July 7, 2013, there were 11 fatalities and 241 injuries in the 811 crashes to which troopers responded.
These reports cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on crashes to which other law-enforcement agencies responded.