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State police handle 695 crashes during July 4 holiday period

July 07. 2014 11:27PM
Times Leader staff

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During the Fourth of July holiday driving period, 247 people were injured and eight people were killed in crashes investigated by the state police.

State troopers investigated a total of 695 crashes between July 3 and Sunday. Of those, 72 were alcohol-related, including two fatalities. Two of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

During the same period, state troopers arrested 487 people for driving under the influence, issued 9,646 speeding citations, cited 870 motorists for failing to wear seat belts and issued 201 citations for not securing children in safety seats.

The number of people killed decreased over last year’s Fourth of July holiday period. Between July 3 and 7, 2013, there were 11 fatalities and 241 injuries in the 811 crashes to which troopers responded.

These reports cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on crashes to which other law-enforcement agencies responded.

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