PennDOT asks for comments on road safety, behavior

| Monday, July 18, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is once again asking truckers and other drivers to provide their opinion on traffic safety enforcement and driving behavior in the state. An online survey is available through July 30 at drivesafePA.org.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires states to conduct the survey each year. This year’s Pennsylvania survey has 19 questions focused on highway safety. Issues addressed include speeding, seat belts, motorcycles, impaired and distracted driving.

All responses are anonymous. In addition, there are general demographic questions such as age, gender and ZIP code.

A year ago, more than 3,800 people responded to the PennDOT survey. Notable results showed that nearly 80 percent of respondents said they had not driven within two hours after drinking during the past 60 days. Also, about 90 percent of respondents indicated they used a seat belt all or most of the time.

In addition to the survey, the website includes traffic safety information on such topics as heavy trucks.

Among the information the website provides for visitors about trucks is a reminder that “as a motorist, there is very little room for error or ignorance around trucks. By reviewing a few simple facts, you can enhance your safety out on the highway.”

Tips for sharing the roadway with trucks are that they need more time to stop, that trucks coming from a distance may be moving faster than you think, and that you should not hang out in the “no-zone.”

Editor’s Note: Please share your thoughts with us about the topic included in this story. Comments may be sent to statelegislativedesk@ooida.com.

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