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Pennsylvania Drivers Must Know About These Four New Laws

law enforcement traffic citationThe state of Pennsylvania is observing Highway Safety Law Awareness Week from Feb. 19 until Feb. 25 to educate the public about four recently enacted highway safety laws and the effects they will have on drivers.

Update to the Child Passenger Safety Law

Pennsylvania updated its Child Passenger Safety Law in August 2016 to require that a child must be fastened in a rear-facing car seat until he or she is two-years-old or has met the maximum weight and height requirements established by the manufacturer of the car seat.

Daniel’s Law

House Bill 853, also known as Daniel’s Law, passed in January 2017 and increased the penalties for incidents of texting and driving that cause accidents resulting in severe injury or death. Daniel’s Law is named after Daniel Gallatin, who died in May 2013 when the motorcycle he was riding was struck from behind by a woman who was texting and driving.

Ignition Interlock Law

Starting in August 2017, offenders with two or more DUI charges will be required to install ignition interlock devices in each car they operate or lease for more than one year. Each Ignition Interlock system costs $1,000 to install and operate.

Updates to Pedestrian Safety Laws

New laws that are designed to increase safety and driver awareness of pedestrians have been approved by Pennsylvania’s Legislature:

  • Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians approaching on sidewalks that extend across alleys, private roads, building entrances or driveways. Drivers who neglect to follow this law may be issued a fine and three points can be added to the offender’s driver’s license.
  • No driver may overtake or pass any automobile yielding to pedestrians using a crosswalk.
  • Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks and sidewalks. If no sidewalk is available, pedestrians should travel in the opposite direction of traffic flow, keeping to the shoulder or the edge of the road and putting as much distance as possible between themselves and the passing vehicles.

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