Pa. State Police Say Thanksgiving Holiday Fatalities Doubled Since 2018

Pa. State Police Say Thanksgiving Holiday Fatalities Doubled Since 2018
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During the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, 2019, authorities investigated 1,116 crashes – including seven collisions in which eight people were killed – Pennsylvania State Police revealed in a report Tuesday.

Of the 1,116 crashes investigated, 73 were alcohol related and 247 people were injured. State police made 729 DUI arrests over the long holiday weekend. The total represents a 14 percent increase from the 637 DUI arrests made during the same period in 2018. Troopers also issued 14,028 speeding citations, 1,366 citations for failing to wear a seat belt, and 205 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats.

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 and enforcement data by troop is available here

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