Traffic survey plan scrapped in Pennsylvania

| Friday, July 22, 2005

A plan that would’ve forced interstate-speed traffic to come to stop to fill out a survey has been nixed in Pennsylvania.

State police never agreed to the plan –which was being sponsored by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a regional planning group – The Associated Press reported.

If it had been enacted, the survey would have required traffic stops along Interstate 70, Interstate 79 and several other roadways in a 10-county area. Drivers would have been asked where they had been, where they were going and why they were going there, to help evaluate and plan future roadways.

Jack J. Lewis, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol, said there were safety and common-sense concerns for bringing interstate traffic to a stop.

“It is my understanding now that the survey will be conducted at rest areas and through newspaper ads and PennDOT office locations,” Lewis told The AP. “There will be no traffic survey checkpoints.”

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