Traffic Safety Information Topics
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Safe Driving Facts
- Driver behavior accounts for more than 80 percent of all Pennsylvania crashes.
- Twice as many people lose their lives in crashes than homicides each year in Pennsylvania.
- On an average day in Pennsylvania, there are about 350 crashes on our highways.
- One person is killed in a crash on Pennsylvania roads every six hours.
Traffic Safety Information Center
Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of highway crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania.
While Just Drive PA focuses on changing driver behavior, bicyclists and pedestrians can also take steps to enhance highway safety.
PennDOT cares about protecting our children and encourages all adults to take the responsibility of keeping them safe when riding in a vehicle.
Anything that causes you to either take your attention away from driving, take your eyes off of the road or take your hands off of the wheel is a distraction.
PennDOT reminds motorists that wet leaves, fog, sun glare and frost are a few driving hazards that they will encounter this fall.
In addition to specific traffic safety areas, PennDOT also emphasizes drowsy driving, distracted driving and rural road safety. Each of these topics play an important role in highway safety in Pennsylvania.
Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether they are driving a truck or a passenger vehicle. Motorists and truckers need to respect each other and remember to share the road.
One of the common misconceptions that impacts people when they are drinking is how much alcohol they are actually consuming.
Along with enforcement and education, another key component of traffic safety is engineering. PennDOT performs numerous engineering improvements to enhance your safety along the highways.
While growing older does not necessarily constitute a safety risk, when to stop driving is a decision that should be made by the mature driver and the mature driver´s family.
With motorcycle use on the rise in Pennsylvania, PennDOT continues to focus on improving motorcycle safety.
The national leader with 58 operating railroads, Pennsylvania continues to educate motorists and pedestrians on the importance of railroad safety through Operation Lifesaver.
Students, parents, teachers, administrators, transportation personnel and the motoring public all play important roles in keeping our children safe while on or around the school bus.
Wearing your seat belt is your best defense against injury or death in the event of a crash.
Preparation is one key to successfully navigating winter roads. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for ice and snow.
While PennDOT and its industry partners are busy improving the 40,000 miles of roadway and 25,000 bridges in its care, we urge motorists to keep safety in mind.
PennDOT continually looks for ways to enhance the driver´s license issuance process for teens while maintaining a balance between safety and mobility.