State Police: eight die in Pa. holiday crashes

StatePoliceArtDuring the five-day Christmas holiday driving period, which took place from Dec. 24 through Dec. 28, 2014, State Police investigated a total of 728 crashes, the agency said Tuesday.

The crashes resulted in 224 injuries and eight deaths. All eight individuals who died were not wearing seat belts. Ninety-eight of the crashes were alcohol-related and involved two fatalities.

Troopers made 327 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 3,953 speeding citations during the holiday period. State Police also cited 357 individuals for failure to wear seat belts and issued citations to 71 drivers for failing to restrain children properly in child safety seats.

During last year’s four-day Christmas holiday driving period, eight people were killed and 255 were injured in 900 crashes investigated by State Police.

The crash numbers cover only those incidents investigated by State Police and do not include statistics on crashes to which other law-enforcement agencies responded.

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