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PA Traffic Deaths Hit Record Low In 2016

A photo of a 2015 crash that took the life of a victim in Lower Makefield.
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Traffic deaths across Pennsylvania hit a record low last year.

Officials said Monday that a record low of 1,188 fatalities were reported on Pennsylvania roadways in 2016. The number is a new record low that stretches back to when records were first tracked in 1928.

From state officials:

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 also 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.

“Our biggest priority is to keep the public safe through innovation, roadway improvements, and educational outreach,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “As fatality numbers continue to trend downward, we still need to change driver behavior, keeping in mind that each person killed in a crash is a member of someone’s family.”

PennDOT is currently working on a plan that aims to reduce traffic deaths to zero.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001