Pennsylvania State Police Issue Thousands of Traffic Citations Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Pennsylvania State PoliceCredit: Commonwealth Media Services

PENNSYLVANIA — The Thanksgiving holiday weekend was a busy one for the Pennsylvania State Police. Troopers investigated 970 vehicle crashes resulting in two fatalities and 196 injuries. They also issued more than 27,000 traffic citations! Alcohol was a factor in 48 crashes, and 539 individuals were arrested for driving under the influence.

The traffic citations issued by the troopers included 9,252 for speeding, 1,088 for failing to wear a seat belt, and 138 for not securing children in safety seats. The Pennsylvania State Police are reminding drivers to always designate a sober driver before heading out on the roads.


Year Total Crashes Fatal Crashes People Killed People Injured Alcohol-Related Crashes Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2022 (5 days) 970 2 2 196 48 1
2021 (5 days) 1,155 5 5 225 91 2


Year DUI Arrests Speeding Citations Child Seat Citations Seat Belt Citations Other Citations
2022 (5 days) 539 9,252 138 1,088 15,887
2021 (5 days) 533 10,126 84 849 14,684
 More information on 2022 Thanksgiving enforcement, broken down by troop, is available here.

These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and do not include incidents to which other law enforcement agencies responded.

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