PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 48

December 5, 2023

Why are roundabouts becoming popular in Pennsylvania?

PennDOT states that roundabouts offer improved safety due to them having “fewer conflict points, slower speeds, and easier decision-making.” The Federal Highway Administration adds that the only movement at an entry or exit in a roundabout is a right turn. Which reduces the frequency and severity of accidents.

Over 20K crashes in Pa. involved drivers ages 65

In a release compiling data from 2022, PennDOT says that an average of 25% of Pennsylvania’s 9.1 million licensed drivers are 65 years old and up. In 2022, there were 20,590 crashes involving at least one driver aged 65 or older that resulted in 287 total fatalities. This represents 17.7% of all crashes and 24.3% of all fatalities.

Automated speed enforcement could stick around

Several speed enforcement programs across the state are expected to expire in the next few months – However, new legislation could extend those programs for several more years. One such program is called the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement, a pilot program launched in 2020 to keep drivers and road workers safe.

Revenue Department releases November collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $273.6 million for the month, $5.8 million below estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $1.3 billion, which is $10.0 million, or 0.7 percent, below estimate.

 

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