PSP: 7 Killed, 264 Injured in Holiday Crashes

Troopers Respond to 862 Crashes, Cite more than 5,000 Violators Statewide

PSP News Release

Harrisburg – Seven people were killed in traffic crashes investigated by state police during the four-day Christmas holiday driving period, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said today. Four of the seven killed were not wearing seat belts and two of the crashes involved drivers who were impaired.

In addition to the seven fatalities, 264 people were injured in the 862 crashes to which troopers responded. This year’s official Christmas holiday driving period covered Dec. 23 through Dec. 26.

Pawlowski said these figures do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in the state responded.

“Troopers were out during this holiday period, issuing 1,666 speeding citations and more than 3,500 for other violations, including almost 300 for seat belt violations,” said Pawlowski. “Close to 200 operators were arrested for driving impaired.

“Despite our tireless and aggressive enforcement efforts, we continue to find that driving too fast, failing to use seat belts, and driving while impaired are deadly combinations. We want everyone to arrive safely to their destination. That means driving responsibly and voluntarily abiding by the state’s traffic laws.”

During the 2009 Christmas driving period, which covered four days, 4 people were killed and 245 were injured in 912 crashes investigated by state police.

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  1. Jess says:

    I ever used to wear my seat belt for fear of getting trapped. I think I’d figure out how to get out if I were to survive a crash. But ever since our first date, with my husband it’s been enforced, seat belts at all times. I didn’t see in there how many of those drivers were in the age group of 16-18. I know they hold a large chunk. As do 18-25 for the ones that party like rockstars (cough). But back to the 16-18 group, there’s a cell program you can get so when they get into the car, you can turn it on remotely and when that car starts moving, the phone just relays a message that it’s not to be used in a moving vehicle. Kinda like Mobile Nanny. It works, and should be used, sorry teenie heads.

  2. Jess says:

    You could at least help proof them, if there’s a way to change the Ever to Never on your end, that would be greatly appreciated, if not, that’s cool, just f/b me and I’ll copy ‘n paste it.

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