PHIA News Digest – Vol. 68

March 28, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania’s lame laws against drunken driving (Opinion)
Pennsylvania is among a minority of states with lousy DUI laws, and repeatedly fails to adopt a law proven to reduce the mayhem that drunken driving causes.

This, despite the state’s own stats showing 20 people are injured and one person killed in alcohol-related crashes here every day. That’s every day.

John Gray: Freight trains help move Pennsylvania’s economy
The close relationship between Pennsylvania’s economy and freight railroads goes back to the early days of railroading. In 1834, for example, the Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad opened as part of a network of rails and canals stretching hundreds of miles through Pennsylvania’s interior. In the 1800s, the Philadelphia & Reading Railway and Lehigh Valley Railroad hauled anthracite from the mines in northeastern Pennsylvania to Philadelphia and other major cities.

Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation Wins 2015 Perpetual Pavement Award
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) has announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has won a 2015 Perpetual Pavement Award for a 3-mile section of  I-180 in Northumberland County.  This is the fifth year in a row that PennDOT has won a Perpetual Pavement Award.

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation says 70 mph speed limits will be coming to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and interstate highways in May
It probably won’t happen in more urban areas where the limit is now 55 mph instead of 65 mph. Generally, areas already posted 65 mph with mostly straight highway and few sharp curves will feature the new, higher speed limit.

Pumped up prices at the pump: Small towns, big hikes
Last month, the Courier Times reported that the U.S. price of gas had officially dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time in 12 years. This announcement was surely greeted happily — except by those of us in Newtown, where the local gas stations didn’t seem to get the same information.

Penn. Encourages Motorcyclists to Take Actions to Reduce Risk This Spring
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller is advising all drivers to be aware of motorcycles, as warmer weather means more motorcyclists on Pennsylvania roadways.

Miller is also encouraging motorcyclists to consider safety measures which can save lives, reduce injuries, and save money as well.


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