Category: News

PSP, PennDOT Focus on Seat Belt Safety, Enforcement With ‘Click It or Ticket’ Mobilization

Posted on Monday May 20, 2019

With Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer travel season, less than two weeks away, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) encourage drivers to be safe on the roads. The agencies will work with municipal police departments and other safety partners across the commonwealth to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement and education initiative from May 13 through June 2, 2019. “‘Click it or Ticket’ isn’t about citations, it’s about saving lives,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Wearing a seat belt increases your chances of surviving a crash by up to 60 percent. Through continued … Continue reading

REAL IDs Now Available to Pennsylvania Residents

Posted on Friday March 8, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is proud to announce that optional REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available for Pennsylvania residents who want one. A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door on and after October 1, 2020.There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs. Federal REAL ID regulations require that PennDOT … Continue reading

Wolf Administration Reminds Drivers to Buckle Up, Drive Sober During Holiday Travel Period

Posted on Tuesday November 20, 2018

As Pennsylvanians look ahead to Thanksgiving and the beginning of the busy holiday travel season, representatives from safety partners Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission gathered at Turnpike Commission headquarters to stress the importance of seat belts and sober driving during the holidays. November 19 marks the start of the nationwide Click It or Ticket “Operation Safe Holiday” enforcement effort, which sees law enforcement nationwide adopt a zero-tolerance approach toward traffic law violations, including driving under the influence. In addition to enforcement efforts, Operation Safe Holiday includes no-cost child passenger safety seat fitting clinics through December 2. Troopers and other … Continue reading

PennDOT Highway Safety Survey

Posted on Monday August 6, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking public input on highway topics such as traffic safety improvements and driving behaviors through its annual online highway safety survey accessible at www.penndot.gov. “We look to the public each year to gauge the public’s awareness and perception of highway safety efforts and solutions,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Safety remains our top priority and we thank the public for their participation because continued information sharing helps us review our efforts to reduce crashes and fatalities.” Expanding upon previous versions, this year’s survey aims to help identify why drivers engage in safe or unsafe driving behaviors. The department will review the … Continue reading

PennDOT Reminds Motorists to Celebrate Responsibly Throughout the Independence Day Holiday Season

Posted on Monday June 25, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is urging residents and visitors to avoid driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol ahead of the Independence Day enforcement mobilization that runs June 25 through July 4, 2018. While the number of alcohol-impaired driving arrests and crashes have been trending downward in recent years, the occurrences of drug-impaired driving continue to increase statewide. Motorists are reminded to never drive impaired by illegal substances and always follow the warnings listed on any prescription or over-the-counter medications, as some medicines can impair driving abilities. To help deter impaired-driving, the regional DUI task forces, Pennsylvania State Police along with local law enforcement will … Continue reading

Governor Wolf, Secretary Richards Outline Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative

Posted on Monday June 11, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards to discuss the details of Resurface PA, the administration’s new statewide initiative to accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania. “This is a problem that plagues Pennsylvanians every year, but after this winter season we are accelerating repairs and much-needed projects to improve travel in the short-term and in the future,” said Governor Wolf. “Resurface PA is our latest step to improve roadways across the state and enhance our roadways’ safety and condition.” Following a long winter season with dramatic temperature swings, last week the governor announced that PennDOT is mounting … Continue reading

PSP, PennDOT Focus on Summer Driving Safety With ‘Click It or Ticket’ Mobilization

Posted on Monday May 14, 2018

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and municipal departments across Pennsylvania today announced that they will partner to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement from May 14 through June 3, 2018. Pennsylvania law requires drivers and passengers younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle. After turning 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat. During “Click It or Ticket,” law enforcement adopts a zero-tolerance approach toward violators. As part of the enforcement, PSP, … Continue reading

PennDOT Crews Continue Pothole Repairs Brought on by Dramatic Temperature Swings

Posted on Tuesday March 13, 2018

With this season’s dramatic swings between unseasonable warmth and typical winter conditions, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews continue to address the growing number of potholes on state-maintained roads. “Potholes can form literally overnight and that’s what we’re seeing with these temperature swings,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “This year we are seeing more concerns than usual and our crews are working aggressively to make repairs whenever weather permits.” Through the end of February, PennDOT crews had used more than 9,627 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide, equal to the weight of roughly 627 PennDOT dump trucks. In comparison, by the same time in 2017 PennDOT had used … Continue reading

Report Maintenance Concerns to PennDOT

Posted on Monday November 13, 2017

If you have a maintenance concern related to a state-maintained road, such as potholes or dead deer, you can report it to PennDOT by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or visiting- https://customercare.penndot.gov/.

Major Milestone Reached in Interstate Bridge Work for Northeastern Pennsylvania

Posted on Monday October 9, 2017

Last week, crews completed the final paving of Interstate 81 North near the Pittston Exit.  This was the last major disruption to traffic as a result of the replacement of four interstate bridges near Exit 175 (Dupont/Pittston).  But this was also one of the most significant steps in a decade of bridge replacements on I-81 in northern Luzerne and southern Lackawanna Counties.  In each case, an old 2-lane bridge was replaced with a new 3-lane bridge.  Replacing a 2-lane bridge with a 3-lane bridge not only allows future maintenance to be performed without taking the interstate down to a single lane, but it is also a necessary prerequisite … Continue reading