Fatalities mar otherwise calm Fourth, police say

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Police encountered less unsafe driving this Fourth of July weekend but did respond to two fatal crashes, including one involving a lawn mower operator, according to state police. The Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest of the year because of drunken driving, police said.

Officers responded to 61 car crashes this year, up from 41 last year, but made just 20 DUI arrests, down from 23 last year, police said.

There were nine alcohol-related crashes, down from 12 last year, police said.

State police issued 506 speeding tickets, down from 646 last year.

Officers issued nine tickets for children not wearing seat belts, six more than last year. Police gave 13 tickets to adults for not wearing seat belts, down from 20 last year.

Police also assisted 43 motorists this year and 73 last year.


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