Harrisburg, PA – Fewer people were killed or injured in traffic crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police over the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend compared to the same period last year.

The official holiday driving period was September 1 through September 4, 2017. Four people were killed and 216 others were injured in 794 crashes investigated by PSP during the four-day holiday driving period.

In 2016, 11 people lost their lives and 223 others were injured over the same four-day period.

State police cited 769 individuals for not wearing seat belts over the weekend and issued citations to 125 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

Troopers also issued 12,640 speeding citations and arrested 552 operators for driving under the influence. Of the 794 crashes investigated by PSP, 90 of were alcohol related. Alcohol was a factor in one of the four fatal crashes.

The statistics cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.

In addition to the work of enforcing traffic laws, troopers remain proactive in educating the public on traffic safety and applicable laws.

In 2016, state police members conducted more than 1,500 driver education presentations. These presentations are conducted at no cost for schools, community groups, and businesses.

To arrange a presentation, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.

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