Seven Killed in Memorial Day Weekend Accidents

HARRISBURG – Seven people were killed and 320 others were injured in 765 accidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, according to Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller.

“The number of fatalities, injuries and crashes each were lower his year than during the 2006 Memorial Day holiday driving period,” said Miller. “That’s the good news. The bad news is that none of the seven people who died was wearing a seat belt and four of the seven fatal crashes were alcohol-related.

“We would save lives and prevent so many injuries if everyone buckled up and refrained from drinking and driving.”

Miller said 80 of the 765 accidents investigated by the state police were alcohol-related.

The official holiday driving period covered Friday through Monday. During that time state police issued 6,396 speeding citations, charged 344 people with driving under the influence, cited 540 for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 90 for not securing children in safety seats.

During last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday, 11 people died and 361 others were injured in 870 accidents investigated by state police. In 2006 troopers issued 6,452 speeding citations, charged 263 people with DUI, cited 519 for not wearing seat belts and issued 81 citations for not securing children in safety seats.

Miller said the numbers cover only those accidents investigated by the state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.

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