Pennsylvania State Police Announces Christmas Holiday Enforcemen

Pennsylvania State Police Announces Christmas Holiday Enforcement Results

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SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police Department

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers arrested 243 people for driving under the influence during the three-day Christmas holiday from Dec. 23 through Dec. 25, 2017. Troopers were on the lookout for impaired drivers with high-visibility patrols and DUI checkpoints as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign. The total of 243 arrests is a decrease from 314 arrests made during the 2016 Christmas holiday driving period, which spanned four days.

State police investigated 529 crashes over the long holiday weekend. Sixty of the collisions involved alcohol, 102 people were injured, and five people were killed. Alcohol was a factor in one of the fatal crashes.

In addition to DUI enforcement, troopers issued 1,261 speeding citations, 145 seatbelt citations, and 26 child safety seat citations.

Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here. These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.


CRASH DATA


Enforcement Period

Total Crashes

Fatal Crashes

People Killed

People Injured

Alcohol-Related Crashes

Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes

2016

4 days

661

2

2

201

50

0

2017

3 days

529

4

5

102

60

1










ENFORCEMENT DATA


Enforcement Period

DUI Arrests

Speeding Citations

Child Seat Citations

Seat Belt Citations

Other Citations


2016

4 days

314

2,884

74

218

4,514


2017

3 days

243

1.261

26

145

3,237


With New Year's Eve celebrations still to come this weekend, drivers are reminded to plan ahead for a safe ride home. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's SaferRide app is free to download on Apple and Android devices. Once installed, the app provides a simple interface to call a taxi or a trusted friend for a ride if you have had too much to drink.

For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556

 

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