HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 981 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 22 through Nov. 26.
The total represents an increase of 5.4 percent compared to the 931 crashes investigated during the Thanksgiving holiday driving period in 2016.
Of the 981 crashes investigated, 85 were alcohol-related, 209 people were injured and four people were killed. One of the four fatal crashes involved alcohol.
During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday driving period, six people lost their lives in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Troopers made 629 DUI arrests over the long holiday weekend, up from 610 in 2016. They also issued 15,912 speeding citations, 1,125 citations for failing to wear a seatbelt, and 172 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats.
These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here.
As the holiday season continues, drivers are encouraged to download the SaferRide app.
Developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the app provides a simple interface to call a taxi or a trusted friend for a ride if you have had too much to drink.
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.