Eight killed, 247 injured in 561 car accidents in Pennsylvania during Easter weekend

April 5th, 2010 - 10:59 pm ICT by BNO News  

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (BNO NEWS) – Eight persons were killed and 247 others were injured in the 561 crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the three-day Easter holiday driving period, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said Monday.

Four of those killed were not wearing seat belts and 58 of the 561 crashes, including three of the fatal crashes, were alcohol-related.

From Friday, April 2, through Sunday, April 4, state police issued 4,099 speeding citations, charged 340 people with driving under the influence, cited 448 people for not wearing seat belts, and ticketed 36 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

In last year’s Easter weekend, 13 people were killed and 167 others were injured in 477 crashes, as state police issued 3,651 speeding citations, charged 266 people with DUI, cited 270 persons for not wearing seat belts, and cited 31 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

Pawlowski said the statistics cover only those crashes investigated by the state police and do not include incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies responded.

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