Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

PennDOT Announces Traffic Deaths at New Low in 2017

Pennsylvania traffic deaths are at their lowest number since such records began to be kept in 1928.

Aside from the year-to- year decline, longer term trends also continue to decrease.

95 fewer deaths involved drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol - 246, compared to 341 in 2016. There were 150 pedestrian deaths in crashes in 2017 compared to 172 in 2016.

There were also slight increases in crashes following a driver ignoring a red-light and in work zones, PennDOT said.

Traffic deaths on Pennsylvania roadways fell to an all time low previous year, PennDOT announced Monday.

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There were some categories of crashes that PennDOT said saw an increase in fatalities past year, most significantly in crashes involving drivers aged 75 or older. PennDOT said fatalities in crashes involving seniors aged 75 and older were up from 132 in 2016 to 153 previous year.

Significant decreases were seen in impaired driver, pedestrian and unrestrained fatalities.

Secretary Richards added, "Our biggest priority continues to be getting the public to their destinations safely through educational outreach, the latest innovations, effective enforcement and low-priced safety improvements".

PennDOT recently unveiled its Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool (PCIT) website, which uses reportable crash data from law enforcement to assist in reviewing this data.

From 2013 to 2017, PennDOT has invested more than $395 million in Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds on 458 safety projects, plus another $50 million in low-priced safety improvements at 3,600 locations. Examples of low-priced safety countermeasures include centerline and edge-line rumble strips, and signing and pavement markings.

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