HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Independence Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for first responders across the country. The Pennsylvania State Police released their enforcement and crash data for the weekend with some positive news.
According to a release, the State Police responded to 680 total crashes in the four-day period of the weekend which is much lower than the 975 crashes in 2019. 2021 also saw police reporting fewer injuries and alcohol-related crashes. However, there were still nine fatal crashes this year compared to eight in 2019 along with four of them involving alcohol compared to just one in 2019.
When it comes to arrests once again numbers are down this year. Approximately 100 fewer DUI arrests, 3,000 fewer speeding citations, 300 fewer seat belt citations, and 3,000 fewer other citations. In total, state police made 503 arrests for driving under the influence across Pennsylvania. Nine people were killed in crashes, four of which were alcohol-related.
The Fourth of July marked the first major holiday since restrictions were lifted.
“There was a concern and that’s why troopers were out in full force looking for speeders, aggressive driving, as well as driving under the influence,” Brent Miller, director of the state police said.
It’s important to note that these are only Pa. State Police numbers as other arrests and crashes may be investigated and reported by other police forces. To get a troop-by-troop breakdown, you can visit the link here.