PennDOT: 1,291 road fatalities last year is second-lowest number on record

    Though 1,291 people died last year in crashes on Pennsylvania roads, that number is lower than 2010, and the second-lowest on record, according to PennDOT.

    Thirty-three fewer people died than in 2010, and PennDOT attributes that in part to the $50 million it’s spent on median barriers, rumble strips and obstruction removal in the last five years.

    The overall decrease reflects decreases in certain types of crash fatalities. Drunk driving, motorcycle/bike and car-tree fatalities were all down last year.

     

    Teen driver and car/public transit crash fatalities were up, though.

    The lower number of fatalities on record is form 2009 — 1,256.

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