PennDOT's multi-faceted approach to improving highway safety in Pennsylvania involves promoting behavioral programs and implementing infrastructure improvements. Behavioral programs include impaired and distracted-driving campaigns, aggressive-driving enforcement, seat-belt and child-restraint programs, and many other measures to encourage safer driving habits. We also make infrastructure improvements such as: rumble strip installation, removing roadside obstructions and intersection improvements (upgrading traffic signals, adding turning lanes, installing signage and pavement markings, pedestrian countdown timers, etc.).
Pennsylvania is committed to continuously improving highway safety. For instance, PennDOT aims to reduce fatalities from 1,413 in 2010 to 706 by 2030. The number of highway deaths on Pennsylvania roads tumbled to a record low in 2014 when 1,195 were recorded, the lowest number since recordkeeping began in 1928.
In 2015, Pennsylvania saw the second-lowest number of traffic fatalities on record — 1,200. Some common highway safety focus areas and types of roadway users are featured in our 2015 Yearly Traffic Fatalities Summary. (PDF Version)
The public can access commonly requested crash and fatality information as well as create their own custom searches with the Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool.