Did you hear about the new driving law in Pennsylvania? New legislation that was signed into law recently allows Pennsylvania drivers to go through red lights under some circumstances. The spirit of the law states that this is to address potentially malfunctioning red lights, especially if you are a motorcycle driver. Sometimes, motorcyclists don't register under red light in-ground sensors and can be stuck at red lights for an extended period of time.
Good news, Pennsylvania drivers! According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fewer people have been killed in car accidents last year than since 1928. Additionally, the number of overall car crashes also fell. It is great to know that the number of state highway accidents has also fallen over 20% in the past 15 years, which is close to the nationwide trend of a 25% decline in the past 10 years. Some of these great statistics are due, in part, to enhanced safety features in newer cars and also heightened campaigns to battle drunk driving and texting/cell phone use while driving. In Pennsylvania alone, over $50M has been used to improve safety at 4,000 areas across the state, including repainting highway lines and putting in rumble strips. More PA drivers and passengers are using seat belts than in previous years, and fewer drivers are also driving while intoxicated. Great job, Pennsylvania drivers!
- Look out for potholes, loose gravel, and leftover salt and black ice as we transition into spring! If the weather is hovering around freezing, the roads may be especially dangerous.
- When driving a car, be extra vigilant and look twice to avoid hitting motorcyclists who are out sharing the road. Remember, most motorcyclists have not ridden all winter and may still be acclimating to riding their bikes again.
- Be especially careful when switching lanes around a motorcyclist, as it can be easy to misjudge speed and distance.
- Motorcyclists: wear helmets, even if it is not required by Pennsylvania state law!
- Motorcycle riders should also stagger bikes instead of riding side-by-side to avoid accidents and/or injury.