The Berks-Mont News (http://www.berksmontnews.com)

State Police report 11 killed, 241 injured in Fourth of July crashes


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Eleven people were killed and 241 people injured in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the Fourth of July holiday driving period.
State troopers investigated a total of 811 crashes between July 3 and 7. Of those crashes, 67 were alcohol-related, including four of the fatalities. Eight of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
During the same period, state troopers arrested 411 people for driving under the influence.
During the five-day period, troopers issued 8,986 speeding citations, cited 886 motorists for failing to wear seat belts and issued 152 citations to motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
The number of people killed increased over last year’s Fourth of July holiday period. Between July 4 and 8, 2012, there were nine fatalities and 312 injuries in the 845 crashes to which troopers responded.
These reports cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on crashes to which other law-enforcement agencies responded.