Harrisburg, PA – Members of the Pennsylvania State Police made 607 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 12,218 speeding citations during the five-day Independence Day driving period from July 3-7, 2019. Troopers also cited 919 people for not wearing seat belts and issued 294 citations to drivers for failing to secure children in safety seats.
Nine people lost their lives in crashes investigated by the state police, with alcohol cited as a factor in one of the fatal collisions. Troopers responded to a total 975 crashes – in which 287 people were injured – over the long holiday weekend.
During last year’s Independence Day driving period which spanned three days, three people were killed and 146 were injured in the 581 crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police.
These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by the state police and do not include incidents to which other law enforcement agencies responded.