PENNSYLVANIA

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IN 2017 MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES
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TEN-YEAR TOTAL
1000000
ANNUAL ECONOMIC COST OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES

Pennsylvania Rating: Caution

traffic-yellowPennsylvania needs improvement because of gaps in Advocates’ recommended optimal laws, as reported in the 2019 Roadmap Report.

Highway Safety Laws Needed

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front & Rear)
  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Booster Seat Law
  • GDL – Stronger Nighttime Restriction
  • GDL- Stronger Passenger Restriction
  • GDL – Age 18 for Unrestricted License
  • Ignition Interlocks for All Offenders
  • GDL Cell Phone Restriction

Current Optimal Highway Safety Laws

  • Rear Facing Through Age 2 Law
  • GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL – 6-Month Holding Period Provision
  • GDL – Supervised Driving Provision
  • Child Endangerment Law
  • Open Container Law
  • All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction

*States are credited with having laws only if their laws meet Advocates’ optimal criteria

Hot Now: Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

In 2017, 142 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers in Pensylvania.

The current GDL law in Pennsylvania includes the following components:

  • A three-stage licensing system beginning at age 16 for learner’s permit, age 16 years and 6 months for the intermediate stage, and age 18 for full licensure (age 17 for teens who complete driver education)
  • A mandatory 6 month holding period for the learner’s permit stage
  • A minimum of 65 hours of supervised practice driving during the learner’s permit stage, 10 of which must be at night and 5 of which must be in inclement weather
  • A prohibition on unsupervised nighttime driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the intermediate stage
  • A texting ban for all drivers (primary enforcement)

These changes are needed to improve Pennsylvania’s GDL law and meet optimal GDL provisions:

  • Strengthen the minimum age for full licensure by removing the exception for teens who complete driver education and allowing full licensure only at age 18
  • Strengthen the nighttime team driving restrictions
  • Strengthen the passenger restriction
  • Add a prohibition on non-emergency use of cell phones and other communications devices , including texting while driving, during the learner’s permit and intermediate stages

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