Not one of the five people killed in the Christmas weekend traffic crashes that Pennsylvania State Police investigated wore a seat belt, according to Sergeant Anthony Manetta. He adds that two of the crashes were alcohol related. Although the toll was not as high as last Christmas when 7 people died, this year’s holiday weekend was a three day enforcement period, rather than four days as it was in 2010.
Troopers arrested 202 people who were suspected of driving under the influence. They handed out nearly 13 hundred speeding citations and cited 174 people for not buckling up and 17 for not having children properly restrained.
The statistics only include cases handled by Pennsylvania State Police, and not by local departments.
State Police plan extra enforcement for the coming weekend as people mark the New Year holiday. They will be focusing on driving under the influence. It’s a weekend when police tend to see a lot of alcohol-related crashes. They will be using roving patrols and DUI checkpoints to discourage drinking and driving.