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Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania hit an all-time low in 2014

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2015 10:20 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania hit an all-time low last year.

State transportation officials say car crashes killed 1,195 people in 2014. That's the lowest number since recordkeeping began 87 years ago.

PennDOT statistics show drunk-driving deaths declined 14 percent from 2013. Fatalities involving hit trees and unbuckled travelers also decreased.

However, data also showed increased deaths in crashes involving hit utility poles; drowsy or sleeping drivers; and drivers 65 and over.

Officials say they've invested $50 million over the past five years for road safety improvements like rumble strips.

PennDOT also unveiled a website for searching accident and traffic fatality data. The Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool can be found here.

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