Pennsylvania State Police

Pa. Crashes Jump, Fatalities Quadruple over July 4th Weekend

The Independence Day weekend was a dangerous one for the region’s motorists.

During the holiday weekend’s four day span — July 1-4 — Pennsylvania Police investigated 741 crashes across the state — an increase of more than 300 crashes over last year’s holiday total.

Those crashes killed 13 people, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania State Police. Last year, only three people were killed during accidents over the holiday weekend.

Police also say alcohol was a factor in 75 of the crashes. Overall, police figures revealed that 259 people were injured from the holiday accidents, nearly 100 more people than in 2016.

Officers were also busy making sure motorists avoided a wreck on the road. Police arrested 474 drivers for operating under the influence and issued 11,481 speeding citation, both increases from 2016.

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