PennDOT Advises Drivers to Review Updated Safety Laws

In light of Highway Safety Law Awareness week, PennDOT and State Police came together to remind drivers of the following safety reminders and law updates.

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The "Ignition Interlock Law" applies to first-time DUI offenders in which their blood alcohol concentration is .10 percent or greater. The law -- which will go into effect in August -- requires drivers to install an Ignition Interlock system in every car they use for more than a year; installation of the system costs $1000.
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An updated law on child passenger safety requires children under 2 years old to be buckled into a rear-facing car seat. The law, which went into effect in August 2016, no longer applies to children who meet the maximum weight or height requirements set by the manufacturer of the seat .
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"Daniel's Law," signed in January, increases the penalty for deadly or injurious car accidents caused by texting and driving. The law is named in honor of motorcyclist Daniel Gallatin, who died in 2013 from a driver that was texting.
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For unsignalized intersections, pedestrian safety laws state that a driver entering or exiting an alley, building or private road shall yield to pedestrians, according to PennDOT. Failure to comply with the law could lead to a fine and three points on the driver's license.
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In addition, it is illegal to overtake or pass a vehicle yielding to a passenger within a crosswalk, PennDOT said.
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PennDOT also orders pedestrians to use sidewalks and marked crosswalks. When there is no sidewalk, pedestrians should walk along the road's edge as far away from traffic as possible to ensure safety.
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“New laws like these are designed enhance the public’s safety on Pennsylvania’s roadways,” said State Police Commissioner Blocker. “It’s important that the public be aware of these enhancements, which can go a long way towards keeping drivers and their passengers safe while behind the wheel.”
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