HARRISBURG – Seven people were killed in crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police during the five-day New Year’s travel period, which ran from Dec. 31 through Jan. 4, according to Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski.
Four of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related, he noted.
“Too many lives are lost because people drive after they’ve been drinking,” he said. “If you consume alcohol, please make sure you have a designated driver who has not been drinking. Otherwise, don’t get behind the wheel.”
Pawlowski said 278 people were injured in the 984 crashes to which troopers responded during the holiday driving period. Five of those killed were not wearing seatbelts and 97 of the crashes were alcohol-related.
“I also urge all motorists and passengers to buckle up every time,” he said. “It’s the best way to stay safe when on the road.”
During the holiday driving period, troopers issued 4,512 speeding citations, arrested 312 people for driving under the influence, cited 368 individuals for not wearing seat belts, and issued citations to 37 persons for failing to properly secure children in safety seats.
The report does not include statistics on incidents that were handled by other law enforcement agencies in the state.
During last year’s five-day holiday driving period, eight people were killed and 334 others were injured in 1,250 crashes to which state police responded.