April – zero tolerance
Underage drinking and driving both carry serious consequences for those under 21. Pennsylvania´s Zero Tolerance Law includes fines, license suspensions and even jail time for minors who drive impaired, consume, possess or transport alcohol, or lie about age to purchase alcohol. Adults who are convicted of knowingly and intentionally supplying minors with alcohol are also subject to fines and jail. More about the Zero Tolerance Law is available at www.JustDrivePA.com.
It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Learn more at http://www.justdrivepa.org/Traffic-Safety-Information-Center/Distracted-Driving/.
March – work zone safety
Work zones are starting to pop up across the state. The best thing you can do as a driver is slow down and pay attention when you pass through them. Expect the unexpected. More than 80 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1970. Let’s all get home safely. Get more work zone safety tips at www.JustDrivePA.com.
Just Drive- Work Zone Smart
Do you speed, run red lights or tailgate? If you answered yes to any of these, you may be an aggressive driver. Police across the state are cracking down on aggressive drivers, so slow down – save your money and your life. Learn more about aggressive driving at www.JustDrivePA.com.
2014 January – winter driving
Winter in Pennsylvania can mean rapidly changing weather and road conditions. If you don’t have to drive during a storm, don’t. If you have to drive, make sure you pack an emergency kit and drive appropriately for the conditions. Learn more about winter driving and what to pack in an emergency kit at www.JustDrivePA.com. Information on PennDOT’s operations, like how we treat different types of storms, and other winter facts, is available at www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.
Are you guilty of texting or talking while driving? Research has shown that distraction from cell phone use while driving – either hand-held or hands-free – delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Remember that Pennsylvania law prohibits sending, reading or writing text-based communication on devices such as cell phones while driving. Visit www.JustDrivePA.com for more information.
Just Drive—Distractions Can Wait
Driving is a complex activity – it involves putting together multifaceted evaluations, split-second decision making and performing intricate maneuvers. As Oct. 20-26 marks National Teens Driver Safety Week, it’s important for teen drivers to develop and maintain the proper attitude about driving. Remember – driving is a privilege, not a right. And, it’s important for parents/guardians to start an open dialogue with their teen about safe driving skills before they turn 16, set a good example and consider establishing a parent /teen driving contract. A sample of this contract and more safety tips for teens and parents are available at www.JustDrivePA.com. The website also includes information on passenger and license requirements that went into effect in 2011, and are important reminders for parents and young drivers alike.
Video: Close Call: Pedestrian Safety for Young Drivers
National School Bus Safety week is Oct. 21-25
Remind children and adults alike to walk safely! Check out PennDOT’s pedestrian safety videos:
“One Parent to Another” Pedestrian Safety
“Walk This Way”: Pedestrian Safety for Young Children
August - School Bus Safety