The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) today announced that thirteen people were killed and 311 others were injured in the 817 crashes investigated by the PSP during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend driving period. This total does not include crashes investigated by local police.
PSP Commission Frank Noonan conveyed dismay regarding the commonsense usage of safety belts, “Nine of those killed over the weekend were not wearing seat belts.” Noonan continued, “It astonishes me that even today, 25 years after Pennsylvania’s mandatory seat-belt law was enacted, some people still don’t use seat belts. Please buckle up; not only is it the law, seat belts really do save lives.”
The official holiday driving period was May 25 through May 28. During that time, troopers cited 1,129 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 113 for not securing children in safety seats. Troopers also issued 9,202 speeding citations and arrested 404 operators for driving under the influence. Of the 817 crashes investigated by State Police, 66 of those crashes, including three of the fatal crashes, were alcohol-related.
During last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, 13 people died and 294 others were injured in 808 crashes to which state troopers responded. The statistics cover only those crashes investigated by the PSP and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded. For more information about driver safety, please click HERE.
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