(Harrisburg) -- A new survey shows fewer crashes on Pennsylvania highways claimed more lives last year than in 2011.
The PennDOT study shows 1,310 people died in more than 124,000 accidents in 2012. That's 24 more fatalities than the year before.
Department Spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt says in most cases, it's not external factors that cause crashes. "Most crashes that occur, occur because of driver behavior, whether you're driving too fast for conditions or you're driving impaired. Unfortunately, a lot of the crashes and fatalities we see are entirely preventable, so all drivers out there are partners in making our highways safer."
Waters-Trasatt says accidents involving both drinking drivers and motorists using their phones also dropped last year.
Berks County posted the highest number of fatalities in the midstate, with 50, with Lancaster County right behind it with 47.
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