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State College Area Follows Trend as Traffic Fatalities Tumble Statewide

by on May 03, 2014 3:45 PM

There has been an impressive decline in the number of traffic fatalities on Pennsylvania roads.

In fact, PennDot says that last year the state recorded the fewest number of traffic deaths since record-keeping began in 1928.

And the statistics show the State College area is following the trend.

in 2013, 1,208 people died on Pennsylvania roads, 12 of them in Centre County.

As you can see in the graphic below, just two of those traffic fatalities happened in the State College area. The previous year four people were killed in traffic accidents locally. Six people died here in 2011.

 

               Crash-Related Fatalities in the State College Area

Municipality

Fatalities – 2011

Fatalities – 2012

Fatalities – 2013

State College

1

0

0

Patton Township

0

2

2

Ferguson Township

2

0

0

Harris Township

2

0

0

College Township

1

2

0

(PennDot statistics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PennDot attributes the statewide decline to a number of factors. The number of people killed who were not wearing seat belts, fell from 503 in 2012 to 425 in 2013.

Speeding-related fatalities decreased from 262 in 2012 to 193 last year.

Deaths in single-vehicle crashes declined from 648 in 2012 to 566 in 2013.

The number of fatalities involving alcohol also fell, from 377 in 2012 to 342 last year. PennDot says that's the lowest number of fatalities linked to drinking and driving since 1997 when it began tracking that statistic.

However, it's not all good news. Some types of fatal crashes actually increased.

There were 64 fatalities last year in crashes involving distracted drivers. That's up from 57 in 2012.

Deaths from head-on or side-swipe crashes increased to 178 last year. In 2012, only 148 people were killed in those types of crashes.

PennDot notes that it has spent $50 million on road safety improvements over the past five years, such as adding rumble strips to the centerline and the sides of many roads.

For more information about keeping safe behind the wheel, visit www.JustDrivePA.com.



Steve Bauer is Managing Editor & Chief Content Officer at StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy. You can e-mail Steve at Steve.Bauer@StateCollege.com and you can follow him on Twitter @SteveBauerSCcom
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