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DUI arrests down, overall citations up over Memorial Day holiday

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Pennsylvania State Police reported fewer DUI arrests over Memorial Day weekend than they did during the same time last year.

Data released by state police Wednesday showed 526 DUI arrests made by troopers over the four-day period Friday through Monday, compared with 596 arrests made in 2021.

Three deaths reported over the holiday were the result of vehicle crashes investigated by state police across Pennsylvania. That is down from eight deaths reported in 2021.

Overall this year, state police reported 775 crashes, down from 844 in 2021. Of those crashes, 66 were alcohol related, which is up three from 2021. There were 191 people injured in those crashes, up from 183 in 2021.

Alcohol was not a factor in any fatal crashes either year.

Troop J in York County reported 36 crashes over the holiday weekend, none fatal. Thirteen people were injured in those crashes; four of the wrecks were alcohol related.

There were 56 DUI arrests made by Troop J over the holiday. The troopers handed out 333 tickets for speeding, five for child safety seat violations, 22 for seat belt violations and 557 for other violations. They also issued 15 seat belt warnings. 

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Statewide, troopers cited more motorists for other traffic violations this year than they did in 2021.

They handed out 9,905 speeding tickets, up from the 9,624 they passed out in 2021. 

Child safety seat violations were up significantly. Troopers cited 233 motorists with child safety seat violations, up from the 144 they handed out statewide last year.

Tickets for safety belt violations were up slightly. There were 1,080 motorists ticketed for not wearing seat belts, compared to 1,025 cited last year.

Overall, state troopers handed out 16,616 citations for other violations, up from 13,880 given out last year.

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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