PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 25

June 17, 2019

Traffic fatalities increased in Pa. in 2018; still trending down in long term  

Statewide traffic deaths increased to 1,190 in 2018, up from a record low of 1,137 in 2017. Pennsylvania still had its third lowest recorded number of highway fatalities in 2018 and other longer-term trends also continued to decrease, according to data released Thursday by PennDOT.

Is 2019 the year local cops in Pa. will get radar?

The Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved by a 14-0 vote a bill, sponsored by Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe County, that would allow municipal police to use radar.

Annual auto emissions inspections could become a thing of the past in Pa.

Legislation bills aimed at modernizing Pennsylvania’s way of reducing air pollution through mandated vehicle inspections were approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

State needs volunteers to help it find an alternative to gas tax

Pennsylvania is looking for volunteers to participate in a study that could lead to gas taxes becoming a thing of the past.

Harrisburg to spend $72,000 on study related to PennDOT’s proposed I-83 widening

Concerned with an I-83 improvement plan that would expand the highway to 12 lanes in Harrisburg, city council members on Tuesday approve the spending of $72,000 to contract an engineering firm to conduct a traffic and community impact study.

At Lehigh Valley forum, officials sound alarm on state, federal transportation funding

When it comes to transportation in this country, it is the best of times and the worst of times.

State needs to create stable funding for mass transit

A report by the Southwest Partnership for Mobility, chaired by state and local officials, calls for stable statewide public transportation funding without relying on the Turnpike Commission giving PennDOT $450 million a year.

Local officials, turnpike to state: let us raise the money locally

Two months ago, it was the Southeast. Monday, Southwestern Pennsylvania got in on the act: asking the state to change how it funds public transit.

House advances bill to create $200 fine for cell phone use behind the wheel

The House Transportation Committee advanced a bill Monday that would create a $200 fine for anyone caught using a hand-held cell phone while driving.

Construction season requires safer driving in work zones

With summer approaching, highway workers across Pennsylvania will soon break ground on construction projects to improve our roads and keep Pennsylvanians moving. The rest of us need to do our part to stay alert and make safety a priority while driving through work zones.

Five charged in Bucks County with $66K theft from the Pa. Turnpike

Five southeast Pennsylvania residents have been charged in Bucks County with theft of services stemming from thousands of dollars in unpaid turnpike tolls. Criminal complaints filed last week accuse the motorists in more than 1,700 combined violations totaling more than $66,000 in tolls owed to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.


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