July 4th weekend proves deadly as fatal crashes, DUI crashes, and citations all go up significantly compared to ’23

09 July 2024- The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) today released the results of its annual Independence Day weekend enforcement detail, which aimed to strengthen roadway safety across the Commonwealth.

The PSP investigated 774 vehicle crashes resulting in 11 fatalities and 244 injuries July 3-7. Intoxicated driving was a factor in 64 crashes, including four fatal crashes.

During the five days, troopers arrested 556 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and issued 28,429 citations, including:

  • 7,975 for speeding;
  • 876 for failing to wear a seat belt;
  • 225 for not securing children in safety seats.

Table 1: Independence Day Weekend Crash Statistics

YearTotal CrashesFatal CrashesPeople KilledPeople InjuredDUI CrashesDUI-Related Fatal Crashes
2024 (5 days)7741111244644
2023 (5 days)66833194590

Table 2: Independence Day Weekend Enforcement Statistics

YearDUI ArrestsSpeeding CitationsChild Seat CitationsSeat Belt CitationsOther Citations
2024 (5 days)5567,97522587619,353
2023 (5 days)5057,92921084514,754

More information on 2024 Memorial Day enforcement, broken down by Troop, is available here.

These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by the state police and do not include incidents to which other law enforcement agencies responded.