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State Police Reports 8 People Killed, 247 Injured During Thanksgiving Holiday

Pennsylvania State Police

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 1,116 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, 2019, including seven collisions in which eight people were killed.

Of the 1,116 crashes investigated, 73 were alcohol-related and 247 people were injured. State police made 729 DUI arrests over the long holiday weekend. The total represents a 14 percent increase from the 637 DUI arrests made during the same period in 2018. Troopers also issued 14,028 speeding citations, 1,366 citations for failing to wear a seat belt, and 205 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.

DUI Arrests Speeding Citations Child Seat Citations Seat Belt Citations Other Citations
2018 637 13,863 136 1,256 18,320
2019 729 14,028 205 1,366 19,144
Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here.

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Source: Pennsylvania State Police

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