Seven people were killed in crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police during the five-day New Year's period that ran from Dec. 31 through Jan. 4, according to a press release issued by the Department of State Police Commonwealth News Bureau in Harrisburg.Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said that four of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related.

He added that 278 people were injured in 984 crashes to which troopers responded during the holiday driving period. Five of those killed were not wearing seatbelts, and 979 of the crashes were alcohol-related.

Pawlowski reminds people that the best way to stay safe on the road is to buckle up.

During the holiday period, troopers issued 4,512 speeding citations, arrested 312 people for driving under the influence, cited 368 individuals for not wearing seatbelts and issued citations to 37 people for failing to properly secure children in safety seats.

The report does not include statistics that were handled by other law-enforcement agencies in the state.

During last year's five-day holiday driving period, eight people were killed and 334 were injured in 1,250 crashes to which state police responded, the press release said.

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