Traffic deaths in Pa. last year hit 2nd-lowest level

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 7, 2016 3:45 AM

Traffic backed up to the 3400 block of East Market Street after crews started construction on an overpass on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Ted Czech - Daily Record/Sunday News)

(Harrisburg) -- Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania are at the second-lowest total since the state began keeping records 88 years ago. 

PennDOT says car crashes last year killed 1,200 people.

That's five more than the previous year, which is the lowest total on record. 

The agency's statistics show deaths in crashes involving drivers 65 and older dropped from 300 in 2014 to 279 in 2015.

Deaths in crashes at intersections and involving aggressive drivers also decreased last year. 

But the data also show fatalities in single-vehicle crashes that ran off the road and crashes where drivers hit fixed objects increased in 2015.  

PennDOT says it has invested about $50 million over the past five years for low cost safety improvements like pavement markings and rumble strips.

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