PennDOT, State Police & PHIA Observe State Highway Safety Law Awareness Week

February 23, 2016

This week is Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Law Awareness Week, and PHIA joins PennDOT and State Police in encouraging motorists to pay special attention to the laws of the road.

State Police and PennDOT highlighted the following list of oft-ignored laws:

  • The “4-Foot Bicycle Law” requires drivers to pass a bicycle at a distance of “not less than four feet” at a careful and prudent speed. The law also permits drivers to cross the center line during this process if safely able to do so.
  • No turn by a driver should interfere with a bicycle proceeding straight.
  • Driving around or through traffic control devices closing a road or highway could result in a $250 fine and two points on a driving record.
  • The “Teen Seat Belt Law” requires drivers and passengers younger than 18 to wear a seat belt anywhere in the vehicle. Also, drivers under 18 may not operate a vehicle where the number of passengers exceeds the number of available seat belts.
  • “Increased fines in work zones” signage urges motorists to be aware when passing through work zones. Violating the posted speed limit by more than five miles per hour could result in doubled fines. The fine is based on how far over the speed limit the vehicle was traveling.
  • A recent amendment to the work zone law also states that any driver who causes serious bodily injury within a work zone is subject to $5,000 in fines and a six-month license suspension. A driver causing a death within a work zone could face a $10,000 fine and one-year license suspension.

“Highway safety is one of the biggest priorities of the highway industry,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “Unfortunately, drivers are sometimes unaware of laws or ignore them. This week serves as a positive reminder for these rules.”


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