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State police say 314 drunk drivers arrested Christmas weekend

Pennsylvania residents should be able to enjoy holiday times without worry of senseless accidents. Sadly, that is not always possible because too many drivers continue to make poor decisions that put themselves and others at risk. From drunk drivers to distracted drivers and more, there remains a constant threat to motorists and passengers alike on Pennsylvania roads.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the recent Christmas holiday weekend was a busy one for their officers and even busier than in 2015 in some areas. The state police worked hard to identify dangers and stop or cite drivers before problems arose and were successful in some cases. A total of 314 people were arrested and charged with driving under the influence. That is almost 100 more DUI arrests than over the 2015 Christmas weekend. Child safety seat violations and citations were issued in 74 cases representing nearly a 50 percent increase over the prior year.

Despite arresting more drunk drivers in 2016, law enforcement officers also investigated more accidents. A reported 661 motor vehicle accidents resulted in a total of 201 bodily injuries for the weekend of Christmas 2016. The year before, 632 crashes were associated with 153 personal injuries.

Pennsylvania residents who experience tragic losses or frustrating vehicular collisions due to the negligence of others deserve help. Talking with a lawyer experienced in helping accident victims and their families may be able to give people insights into how they might seek compensation for their losses and damages.

Source: PA Home Page, "More crashes, more DUI arrests over Christmas weekend in Pennsylvania," Rod Jackson, Dec. 29, 2016

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