State police report increase in drunk driving crashes over July 4th weekend
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State police report increase in drunk driving crashes over July 4th weekend

State police report increase in drunk driving crashes over July 4th weekend

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A three-county area, including York County, patrolled by Pennsylvania State Police Troop J saw a slight decrease in crashes over the July 4 weekend, despite an increase in drunk driving crashes.

In the five-day period from July 3-7, there were 41 car crashes in the tri-county area that includes Lancaster and Chester counties, resulting in one death. There were 43 non-fatal crashes in 2023. Eighteen people were injured during the holiday period, compared to 13 last year.

Six of the crashes Troop J has handled have been related to drink-driving, up from just three last year.

In the entire state of Pennsylvania, there were 774 car crashes, resulting in 11 deaths and 244 injuries. In 2023, there were 668 crashes in the state, resulting in three deaths and 194 injuries.

Drunk driving has caused 64 crashes, four of them fatal, statewide this year. Last year, there were 59.

Troop J made 69 DUI arrests during the July 4 holiday period, compared to 31 arrests the previous year.

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There were 293 speeding tickets issued in 2024, compared to 403 last year. There were four tickets issued for child seat violations, compared to eight in 2023. There were 12 tickets issued for seat belt violations, compared to 22 last year. There were 836 other violation tickets issued, compared to 716 in 2023.

Over the five days, state troopers arrested 556 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and issued 28,429 tickets, including 7,975 for speeding; 876 for not wearing a seat belt and 225 for not securing children in safety seats.

In 2023, police stopped 505 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued a total of 23,738 tickets, including 845 people for not wearing seat belts and 210 people for not securing children in safety seats.

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