PHIA News Digest – Vol. 51

November 23, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Aggressive drivers cause more crashes than distracted and drunken drivers combined in Pa.
Every year, Pennsylvania law enforcement officials and transportation experts meet to go over crash data in order to determine ways of cutting down on “aggressive driving” collisions.

They increase police presence on roadways, try to educate drivers people and make changes to intersections and roadways. But no matter what the state and police can do, stopping “aggressive driving” all comes down to the drivers.

Seat-Belt Use, Impaired Driving a Focus for ‘Operation Safe Holiday’ with app
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) are combining enforcement, education and smartphone technology to make this holiday season a safer one through “Operation Safe Holiday” and the SaferRide app.

Crude oil train safety: no action from Pennsylvania lawmakers
They hug rivers, breeze by farms and cross 100-year-old bridges. They chug past hospitals, schools, stadiums and many, many homes. And sometimes, they derail.

As shipments of crude oil by train have increased nationwide, anxiety over the chance of a derailment happening in a big city, like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, has grown.

PennDOT seeks $400,000 from trucker’s insurance after bridge strike
The bridge strike happened at night on Monday, Nov. 16, when a tractor trailer hauling heavy equipment struck the bottom of the Burgs Lane bridge over Route 30 near Hellam Township in York County, Pa. The strike was severe enough to cause the state department of transportation to order emergency repairs of the bridge, shutting down portions of the roadway due to concerns that a portion of the damaged beam might fall and injure or kill motorists.

DUI patrols, seat belt checks planned for Thanksgiving week
Authorities will be stepping up patrols as Thanksgiving draws near.

A number of agencies have issued notices about enhanced enforcement for the holiday week, and are offering ways to stay out of trouble or harm’s way.


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