State police: New Year's DUIs down, but crashes double
The number of New Year's revelers caught taking their celebration too far before hitting the road went down this year compared with last holiday season, state police announced Wednesday, but the number of accidents and injuries during the same period was almost double that of New Year's 2016-17.
State police said they arrested 284 people for driving under the influence during the three-day New Year's holiday, from Dec. 30 through Monday.
That represents a 13 percent decline in DUI arrests from the same period in 2016, when 328 arrests were made.
However, the weekend also saw 1,169 crashes compared with 595 in 2016. State police said that as a result of those crashes, two people were killed and 251 were people injured.
Among the wrecks were 66 that involved alcohol.
State police also reported that they issued more than 2,600 speeding tickets, about 250 seat belt citations and 30 child seat citations.
These statistics represent only those incidents investigated by the state police.