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PennDOT: Pa. traffic deaths lowest ever in 2013

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The number of deaths on Pennsylvania roads last year is the lowest since the state began keeping records in 1928, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said Tuesday.

Schoch said 1,208 traffic death were recorded in 2013.

Unbuckled fatalities dropped from 503 in 2012 to 425 last year, speeding-related crash deaths decreased from 262 to 193, and deaths attributed to single-vehicle, run-off-the-road crashes declined from 648 to 566, according to PennDOT statistics.

Fatalities in crashes involving a drinking driver decreased from 377 in 2012 to 342, the lowest number since 1997, Schoch said.

Fatalities increased, however, in crashes involving distracted drivers and in head-on or opposite direction side-swipe crashes.

There were 64 fatalities in crashes involving distracted drivers, up from 57 in 2012, according to PennDOT.

Deaths in head-on or opposite direction side-swipe crashes increased to 178, up from 148 in 2012.

Fatalities in crashes involving drivers ages 75 and older increased to 142 from 126 in 2012.

 

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