Ensuring Safety of Recalled Vehicles
With more vehicles being the subject of nationwide recalls, a new law taking effect on Aug. 27 will require all new and used vehicle dealers licensed in Pennsylvania to disclose, in writing to used vehicle purchasers, the existence of any open, unrepaired recalls. Under Act 59 of 2018, a dealer would be in compliance with the disclosure requirement by providing the used vehicle retail purchaser a report obtained from the website safercar.gov, or a successor website, based on a vehicle identification number search. Consumers would still have the option to pursue civil action if a dealer fails to disclose existence of open recalls.
New Law Requires Protective Fencing on New Bridges
After a woman was seriously injured by a large rock thrown from a bridge over Interstate 80 in Union County in 2014, a new law seeks to protect drivers, their passengers and pedestrians from debris thrown from bridges and overpasses. Act 65 of 2018 will require PennDOT to include protective fencing in the construction of new state-owned bridges and install protective fencing on any existing bridge at such time that a major renovation is required and the bridge is located over an interstate highway. The new law also mandates fencing on bridges where instances of suicide or attempted suicide have occurred.
PennDOT Wants to Hear From You
To help reduce crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways, PennDOT is asking drivers to participate in the department’s 2018 Behavioral Survey. The five-minute survey asks about seatbelt use, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding and distracted behaviors. The survey is open until Friday, Aug. 17, and all responses, including comments, are completely anonymous. Once data is compiled, the department will review the results for potential additions or adjustments to the department’s safety efforts. To access the survey, and for more information about PennDOT’s highway safety efforts, visit PennDOT.gov/safety.
Emergency Programs Can Save Lives
Drivers are reminded of two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of residents in emergency situations. Participation in both programs is free of charge. In PennDOT’s Yellow Dot Program, participants fill out the program form with emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program’s folder and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. A yellow dot sticker affixed to the rear window alerts emergency responders to the availability of information to help them provide better care to crash victims. The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Participants can update the information as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view the information in the system. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement can use a participant’s ID to find his or her emergency contact information. The Yellow Dot program is used only in vehicle crashes, but the Emergency Contact Information program can be used in other emergencies as well as crashes. Information about both programs is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.
Representative Mike Peifer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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