Since 2006, members of Road Safe America have been trying to get legislation passed to slow down trucks on highways in Pennsylvania and across the country. Now, on the cusp of success, they fear their controversial new law may not pass the scrutiny of the new U.S. president. While President-Elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not support government regulations that impede the growth of the economy, advocates of the rule hope that he will see this regulation as a common-sense measure to improve highway safety.
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The state of Pennsylvania has seen its share of tragedies on the highways. Recently, Governor Tom Wolfe took a stand to improve highway safety by signing a law to increase the penalties for distracted drivers who cause accidents. The law went into effect immediately, and some are especially hopeful that it will make a difference.
While it may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, self-driving cars are not that far into the future. Some are eagerly anticipating the advent of autonomous cars because the vehicles promise greater highway safety by reducing the human factor in driving. Others recall the recent deadly crashes of automated cars and wonder if the technology is ready for today's commuters. However, Pennsylvania lawmakers support new guidelines that bring more regulation to the futuristic vehicles.
When a 27-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed in a recent motorcycle accident, it left a giant hole in the hearts of many people. He was a beloved brother, a faithful friend and the doting father of a 6-year-old girl. He also left behind parents, grandparents and six siblings. Sadly, it is not unusual for motorcycle accidents to bring such wide-reaching sorrow.
Every Pennsylvania driver has experienced moments when other drivers cut them off or drive too slowly. Some react with patience, allowing the other driver to go on his or her way without incident. For others, however, the natural reaction is rage. These drivers may seriously jeopardize highway safety.
One of the newer weapons in the fight against traffic injuries and fatalities is the use of technology. Speed cameras on certain roads in Pennsylvania and red light cameras at intersections are certainly not loved by many motorists, and when the envelope arrives in the mail showing a picture of one's own car racing through a school zone, it can be aggravating. The real debate is whether these tools are accomplishing their goal: an increase in highway safety.
A group of firefighters recently pulled a man from a mangled pile of rubble after his pickup truck was smashed and driven into a concrete structure by a massive tractor trailer. However, the victim died in a Pennsylvania hospital just hours after the truck accident. The tractor trailer had reportedly gone through a red light and broadsided him on Route 22 in the western part of the state near the intersection with Route 66.