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Traffic deaths at record low in 2016

Posted 4/18/17

PennDOT on Monday announced that traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reached a record low since record keeping began in 1928.

There were 1,188 fatalities on Pennsylvania roads last year, 12 less than …

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Traffic deaths at record low in 2016

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PennDOT on Monday announced that traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reached a record low since record keeping began in 1928.

There were 1,188 fatalities on Pennsylvania roads last year, 12 less than 2015.

While the number of highway deaths dropped in many types of crashes, there were significant decreases noted in run-off-the-road, hit-fixed-object, and drinking-driver fatalities. Fatalities in run-off-the-road crashes dropped from 580 in 2015 to 518. Hit-fixed-object fatalities decreased from 459 in 2015 to 401 last year. Deaths attributed to drinking-driver-related crashes declined to 263, down from 306 in 2015. 

Fatalities increased in some types of crashes. There were 279 fatalities that occurred at intersections, up from 251 in 2015. Also, pedestrian deaths resulting from crashes increased to 172 up from 153 in 2015.

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