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Driving In Other States

During the spring and summer, many families go out of state to visit relatives and/or enjoy their summer vacations. For a lot of Americans, this makes making a multi-state road trip.  While you’re out driving on the states’ highways, it is important to understand that driving actions you take in another state can follow you back to Pennsylvania.  In case you were unaware, Pennsylvania participates in something known as the Driver License Compact (DLC).  The DLC is an organization made up of 46 out of our 50 states who work together to create a single system for driving records, driver licenses (so you can only hold a license in one state), and report all traffic convictions/license suspensions/license revocations so other states are aware of a driver’s license status.    

For example, if you commit a charge such as a DUI in another state, you could have your driving privileges suspended in Pennsylvania AND in the state where the offense was committed. Part of the DLC’s goal is to make sure of the “uniform and predictable treatment of drivers by treating offenses committed in other states as though the have been committed in the home state”.   This is an effort to keep our roads safe from negligent, unlawful drivers who cross states in an effort to evade police action. 

This means that even though a driver who hit you and caused an accident is frmo another state, they are not immune from legal ramifications because they are not from PA. No matter what the circumstances, it is important to also do your part to be alert and safe on the roads.  Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented with a few simple, common-sense tips, such as not driving while fatigued or distracted, along with wearing your seatbelt. Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. If you feel that you have been wrongly hurt in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. Safe driving!