Harrisburg, PA – Roads were incredibly busy over the four-day Independence Day holiday, from July 1 until July 4. Along with all of the extra traffic, police are reporting more crashes.
Pennsylavnia State Police have released their statistics for this holiday driving period. This only includes crashes investigated by state police, not accidents that were handled by borough or township police departments.
Over the four days of July 1-4, Pennsylvania State Troopers were called to a total of 741 crashes.
Those crashes resulted in 259 injuries and 13 fatalities. Of the 741 crashes, alcohol was involved in at least 75 of them and the deaths of four people. Of the 13 fatal crashes, only one individual involved had been wearing a seatbelt.
Over the holiday weekend, officers arrested 474 motorists for driving under the influence and issued 11,481 speeding citations. They also cited 764 people for not wearing seatbelts and cited 216 drivers for not securing their children in the proper car seat.
How does that compare to last year? Because the 4th of July fell on a Monday in 2016, the holiday driving period only lasted for three days last year. During that time, three people were killed and 165 were injured in 423 crashes that were investigated by state troopers. The number of crashes on the 4th of July has increased substantially from last year.
Two of the most important things you can do as a driver are to always wear your seatbelt and to never drive under the influence of alcohol or any other drug. Everyone needs a reminder once in a while, especially new drivers. State troopers give free presentations on traffic safety and laws to schools, community groups and businesses. If you’d like to schedule this kind of meeting with a state trooper for a group, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.
Click Here to find more information on 2017 Independence Day traffic enforcement, broken down into statistics for each troop.