REGION—Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced Wednesday that there were fewer crash investigations and more DUI arrests over the 2019 New Years holiday as opposed to last year.
Between December 29, 2018 and January 1, 2019, PSP officers arrested 406 motorists for driving under the influence (DUI).
This total is 284 arrests higher than last year, but the 2018 New Year holiday was only three days long as opposed to the 2019 holiday which was four.
Statewide, PSP also issued 6,370 speeding citations, 115 child seat citations, 476 seatbelt citations and 8,698 other citations, all of which were greater than last year's values.
Of the 406 DUI arrests, 28 occurred in Troop R, consisting of Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties.
Troop R also had 248 speeding violations, 2 child seat violations, 17 seatbelt violations, 31 seatbelt warnings, 523 other citations and 21 self-initiated arrests over the New Year holiday.
New Years crash data shows PSP investigated a total of 642 crashes this year, 527 fewer crashes than last year despite there being an extra day in this year's enforcement period.
Of the 600 crashes this year, four were fatal, two more than last year.
There were 64 alcohol related crashes this year, one of which was fatal.
Troop R had 34 crashes, eight of which were alcohol related.
Resulting from these incidents, 12 motorists were injured, but there were no fatalities.
Crash and enforcement numbers over the recent Christmas holiday (December 22-25, 2018), also show elevated numbers over Christmas 2017's three-day period.
Christmas 2018 resulted in 330 DUI arrests, 87 more than 2017's 243.
Police also issued 2,460 speeding citations, 58 child seat citations, 289 seat belt citations and 5,543 other citations, all greater than 2017's numbers.
In Troop R alone, PSP issued 16 DUIs, 58 speeding citations, five seatbelt citations, 10 seatbelt warnings and 184 other citations.
There were also nine self-initiated criminal arrests.
Crash investigations across PA totaled 622 for the 2018 Christmas holiday, over one hundred more than the year before.
Fifty-four of those crashes were alcohol related, six fewer than 2017.
From all the crashes over the 2018 holiday enforcement period, there were 128 motorists injured and five fatal crashes which resulted in six deaths.
Troop R had 31 crashes between December 22 and 25, 2018, three of which were alcohol related.
There were no fatalities in Troop R, but seven motorists were injured.
—Information from a release was used in this story.