Pa. highway deaths drop to lowest level on record - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Pa. highway deaths drop to lowest level on record

Posted: Updated:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania transportation officials say the number of highway deaths in the state dropped to 1,208 last year.

PennDOT said Tuesday that represents the lowest figure since highway fatality records began to be collected in 1928.

Officials say there were declines over the previous year in the number of people who died not wearing seatbelts, the number of speed-related fatalities and the number of single-vehicle crashes in which the operator drove off the roadway.

Highway deaths in which a driver had been drinking fell from 377 in 2012 to 342 in 2013.

Deaths involving drivers over age 75, distracted drivers and head-on or opposite direction side swipe crashes all experienced increases last year.

PennDOT says it has spent $50 million in the past five years on safety improvements.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Ohio/Pennsylvania NewsMore>>

  • Ohio man pleads to drug sales in deadly overdose

    Ohio man pleads to drug sales in deadly overdose

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:10:56 GMT
    A northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges including selling fentanyl to a woman who fatally overdosed last year.More >>
    A northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges including selling fentanyl to a woman who fatally overdosed last year.
    More >>
  • School bus driver killed during safety drill

    School bus driver killed during safety drill

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:05:32 GMT
    Police say an Ohio school bus driver sacrificed her life to save a 10-year-old girl during an evacuation drill outside a charter school.More >>
    Police say an Ohio school bus driver sacrificed her life to save a 10-year-old girl during an evacuation drill outside a charter school.
    More >>
  • Document: Governor's office forced pharmacy firing

    Document: Governor's office forced pharmacy firing

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:02:39 GMT
    A state pharmacy board document says the office of Ohio Gov. John Kasich forced the firing of its director by threatening board members with their jobs if he wasn't removed.More >>
    A state pharmacy board document says the office of Ohio Gov. John Kasich forced the firing of its director by threatening board members with their jobs if he wasn't removed.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms