12 Killed, 410 Injured on Roads During Christmas Holidays

12 Killed, 410 Injured on Roads During Christmas Holidays  
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on 12/29/2008

Source: Pennsylvania State Police Department

Twelve people were killed in traffic crashes investigated by state police during the five-day Christmas holiday driving period, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said today. He said 10 of the people killed were not wearing seat belts.

In addition to the 12 fatalities, 410 people were injured in the 1,673 crashes to which troopers responded. Pawlowski said 105 of the crashes, including two of the fatal crashes, were alcohol-related.

Pawlowski said troopers issued 2,160 speeding citations during the holiday driving period, arrested 263 for driving under the influence, cited 165 operators for not wearing seat belts, and issued 25 citations for not securing children in child safety seats.

This year's official Christmas holiday driving period covered Dec. 24 through Dec. 28.

During last year's five-day Christmas driving period, eight people were killed and 236 were injured in 964 crashes investigated by state police.

Pawlowski said the report does not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in the state responded.

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