PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 47

October 26, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Few Railroads On Track To Meet End-Of-Year Safety Deadline
Railroads warn they may have to shut down unless Congress extends an end-of-the-year deadline to install new safety equipment called Positive Train Control.

PTC is a complex system that monitors a train’s location and speed, then automatically slows down or stops a locomotive if the engineer doesn’t respond to a danger warning.

How You Can Track PennDOT Plows This Winter
The jack-o-lanterns have not yet found their way to the compost pile, but the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is already thinking about getting its snow plows on the road. This year, managers and the public will be better able to keep tabs on those trucks.

The department announced Thursday that crews have outfitted 728 of its plows with an Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system, which tracks the state-owned trucks on an online map.

PennDOT and Safety Partners Highlight National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and members of the Driver Safety Task Force today met at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to highlight the dangers of impaired driving during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

Students were given the opportunity to drive PennDOT’s distracted and impaired driving simulator. The experience consists of a practice drive, distracted or impaired simulation drives, first-person consequence videos including sobriety checks, court appearances and emergency medical treatment, interactive quizzes; and advice from the experts known as the Reality Check videos.

Local law enforcement to participate in aggressive-driving enforcement initiative
Beginning Monday, 33 local law enforcement agencies will be joining State Police to conduct aggressive driving enforcement on 71 targeted roadways in south central Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT.

The enforcement is expected to run from Monday to Nov. 22, and will span the counties of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.

 

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