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Winter 2010 | Vol. 12 | No. 3
Pennsylvania Introduces New Highway Safety Campaign and Website
Finding information about traffic safety in Pennsylvania is now much easier thanks to PennDOT’s new DriveSafePA.org website. The site is part of the department’s new highway safety campaign, Drive Safe PA, which aims to save at least 100 or more lives on Pennsylvania highways each year.
Recognizing the need for a one-stop-shop of accurate highway safety information, PennDOT launched the new site in June. Since its introduction, the site has experienced more than 50,000 visits.
DriveSafePA.org offers information and tips on these highway safety areas: aggressive driving, bicycle/pedestrian, child passenger safety, heavy trucks, engineering infrastructure, impaired driving, mature drivers, motorcycle safety, school bus safety, seat belts, work zones and young drivers.
“This new site is intended to foster dialogue about methods to change dangerous driving behaviors,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “We hope the tools available will assist motorists of all ages and ultimately make Pennsylvania highways safer for everyone who uses them.”
The most popular feature of the site is the Safe Driver Quiz that allows motorists to test their highway safety knowledge. More than 6,000 people took the quiz in the first four months the site was active. Because of its popularity, a new quiz was added in mid-October that focuses on winter driving safety.
The website contains educational resources, including videos, radio public service announcements and traffic safety brochures. Recently enacted Pennsylvania traffic safety laws such as the “Steer Clear” law and wiper and headlights law are also included.
Through Drive Safe PA, PennDOT is encouraging each motorist to help make a difference by following simple safety steps:
- A good start for saving lives is as simple as buckling your seat belt each time you get into a vehicle. Make sure everyone else in the vehicle does, too.
- Avoid dangerous driving situations such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving aggressively by speeding or tailgating.
- When you are behind the wheel, eliminate all distractions and give your full attention to the road. Even looking away for a few seconds can increase your risk of a crash.
- Finally, set a positive example and talk to others about the importance of safe driving.
Visitors to DriveSafePA.org can also find traffic fatality information by county from the previous year as well as monthly updates on fatalities statewide. Estimates through the end of October show traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania are 155 lower than the same time period in 2008.