Ten people were killed and 172 were injured in crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police over the four-day New Year’s Day holiday driving period.Between Friday and Monday, the agency investigated 552 crashes, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a statement Tuesday. During the same period a year ago, 11 people were killed and 220 injured in 693 crashes investigated by the state police.
This year, 79 of the crashes were alcohol-related and police said troopers made 285 arrests for driving under the influence — along with 3,408 speeding citations, according to state police. Troopers also cited 379 individuals for failure to wear seat belts and cited 51 drivers for failing to restrain children properly in child safety seats.The statistics only cover incidents investigated by state police and don’t include ones in which other police departments responded.
Editor’s note: An earlier headline for this story reported the incorrect number of people killed.