PSP RELEASES MEMORIAL DAY STATS

Pennsylvania State Police released Memorial Day weekend statistics, and there was a decrease in the number of crashes and deaths on Pennsylvania roads.

According to police, during the four-day driving period, soldiers investigated 775 crashes statewide, up from 844 the previous year. Three fatal accidents were reported this year, compared to seven last year. Three people were killed in these accidents compared to eight people last year. The number of injuries increased from 183 last year to 191 this year. A total of 66 crashes were alcohol-related, but none of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related. Police also made 526 impaired driving arrests and issued more than 9,900 speeding tickets, more than 1,000 seat belt citations and more than 230 child seat citations.

Locally, Troop A, which covers most of Indiana and Westmoreland counties and all of Cambria and Somerset counties, investigated 40 crashes in the area. None of the accidents were fatal. Four people were injured and six crashes were alcohol-related. A total of 31 impaired driving arrests were made and soldiers issued 854 speeding tickets, 92 seat belt citations and 13 child seat citations.

These relate only to incidents on state roads investigated by State Troopers and do not include local police activity.

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