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Pennsylvania crashes, DUI arrests increase during Thanksgiving travel period

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
Pennsylvania State Police cruisers parked in the garage at the barracks located in Hempfield Twp. near Greensburg on Aug. 25, 2016.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania State Police cruisers parked in the garage at the barracks located in Hempfield Twp. near Greensburg on Aug. 25, 2016.

Pennsylvania State Police troopers investigated 981 crashes and made 629 drunken-driving arrests during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period, according to a news release.

Both figures were an increase from the previous year's totals — a 5.4 percent crash increase and 19 more drunken-driving arrests — between Wednesday and Sunday.

Locally, three troops covering the region made 144 drunken-driving arrests and issued more than 2,800 speeding violations, according to data released by the agency.

State police in those three troops investigated 165 crashes, one of which was fatal. Alcohol was reported to be a factor in 20 of those crashes, but none was fatal, according to the data.

State police in Troops A, B and D cover areas in Westmoreland, Allegheny, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Cambria, Somerset, Beaver, Lawrence, Mercer, Armstrong and Greene counties.

Statewide, 85 vehicle crashes were alcohol-related and one of four fatal crashes involved alcohol. In the same period in 2016, six people were killed in crashes investigated by troopers. Troopers around the state issued nearly 16,000 speeding citations.

Troopers at the five stations in Troop B and at the Indiana County station reported that the majority of drunken-driving arrests stemmed from traffic stops, according to news releases. In Indiana, four drivers were believed to be under the influence of drugs, Trooper Clifford Greenfield said in a release.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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