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Eight killed in Memorial Day holiday crashes investigated by State Police

Harrisburg, PA – Members of the Pennsylvania State Police investigated 844 traffic crashes during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, from May 28 through May 31, 2021. The crashes resulted in eight fatalities and 183 injuries. Alcohol was a factor in 63 of the crashes, but it was not a factor in the fatal crashes.

Troopers made 596 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 9,624 speeding citations over the holiday weekend. State police also cited 1,025 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 144 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.


Total Crashes Fatal Crashes People Killed People Injured Alcohol-Related Crashes Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2019 755 8 9 216 65 2
2021 844 7 8 183 63 0



DUI Arrests Speeding Citations Child Seat Citations Seat Belt Citations Other Citations
2019 582 14,226 308 1,469 16,681
2021 596 9,624 144 1,025 13,880

Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here. These 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.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and mitigation efforts that were in place throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time, statistical information was not collected during the 2020 Memorial Day holiday driving period.

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