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PennDOT Urges Caution Around Plow Trucks

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 pm    

As part of Pennsylvania’s first Winter Driving Awareness Week, PennDOT officials cautioned drivers to be extra careful around operating snow removal equipment.  PennDOT recommended that when encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

·            Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the                                      main plow is wider than the truck.

·            Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.

·            When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.

·            Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by  side in a “plow train”.  The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.

·            Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.

·            Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle.

PennDOT’s Secretary, Barry J. Schoch, noted that: “Safety begins before drivers even leave home by ensuring that vehicles are properly equipped and mechanically ready to deal with winter driving challenges.”

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State Police Report Holiday Crash Statistics

Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 7:50 pm    

The Pennsylvania State Police recently reported that during the New Year’s holiday driving period between December 31, 2013 and January 2, 2014 there were 836 crashes investigated by the State Police.  These crashes resulted in 146 individuals being injured and one person being killed.  In comparison, last year during the New Year’s holiday driving period the State Police only investigated 377 crashes.

In their press release, the State Police also noted that of the 836 crashes investigated, 36 were alcohol-related.  During this holiday period the State Police issued slightly over 3,000 speeding violations and made 220 arrests for driving under the influence. Importantly, these crash numbers cover only incidents investigated by the State Police and do not include crashes that were investigated by other law enforcement agencies.  Thus, the total number of crashes and injuries occurring during the 2014 New Year’s holiday season is obviously significantly higher.

If you, or someone you know, sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision in Central Pennsylvania, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan at 717-392-6362 to learn more about your rights and legal options.