On Pennsylvania roadways, St. Patrick's Day is as deadly as New Year's when it comes to car crashes, according to data released today from PennDot.
Thirty-four percent of vehicle fatalities on St. Patrick's Day — this year, Monday — are connected to drunken driving.
In 2012, there were three fatalities on Pennsylvania roads on St. Patrick's Day — the same number of fatalities as there was on New Year's Eve. However, Labor Day is number one is alcohol-related deaths in the commonwealth.
Over a five-year span, from 2008 to 2012, there have been 209 alcohol-related crashes on St. Patrick's Day in Pennsylvania, with eight deaths.
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that two of five people killed in the country in car crashes during the st. Patricks' Day holiday from 2006 to 2011 have involved a drunken driver.
St. Patrick’s Day Alcohol-Related Crashes and Fatalities 2008-2012