State police: 13 killed during Thanksgiving weekend crashes
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
Thirteen people were killed on the road this Thanksgiving holiday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced today.
Five of those killed were not wearing seat belts. A total of 86
accidents were alcohol related; two of those resulted in fatalities.
Noonan said these crash numbers cover only those incidents investigated by state
police and do not include crashes that other law
enforcement agencies responded to.
Noonan said state troopers responded to 1,124 crashes during the Wednesday through Sunday holiday driving period. A total of 349 people were injured. Ten people were killed during the same time period last year.
Noonan stressed that state law requires children under the age of four ride in a
federally-approved car seats. Children between the ages of four and eight must use a
booster seat and children between the ages of 8 and 18 must wear seatbelts.
"Drivers must insist that all passengers wear a seat belt -- they work best when everyone is buckled and children are properly restrained in the back seat,'' Noonan said.
In total, state police issued 9,020 speeding citations, charged 509 people with driving under the influence, cited 1,115 for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 124 for not securing children in safety seats.