Two Killed, 97 Injured in New Year’s Holiday Crashes

HARRISBURG PA – Two people were killed in separate motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Pennsylvania during the three-day (Friday through Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 2) New Year holiday weekend, state police reported Monday (Jan. 3, 2022). One death was attributed to an alcohol-related crash, troopers added.

Overall, troopers said they investigated 471 holiday-period crashes statewide. Of those 41, or about 8 percent, allegedly involved driving under the influence. Troopers made a total of 278 DUI arrests, and also said they arrested 248 individuals on a variety of criminal charges over the three days. Ninety-seven people suffered crash-related injuries, the report stated.

More than 10,000 traffic-related citations also were issued. Of those 3,632 were for speeding, 310 for seat belt-related offenses, 68 for child seat-related offenses, and more than 6,200 for a variety of other circumstances.

State police assigned to Troop K, covering Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties from barracks in Skippack, Media, and Philadelphia, handled 106 crashes. Troop L, which includes coverage of Berks County, responded to 32 accidents, and Troop J, which includes Chester County, answered calls for 27.

The agency was unable to make any comparisons between the just-released statistics and the previous (2020-’21) New Year holiday, because data was not collected last year due to the pandemic and accompanying mitigation efforts. However, crash statistics gathered this year were higher across all categories in comparison to data available for 2019-2020, an agency chart showed.

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