Grove’s Motorcycle Safety Bill Heads to Governor
HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove’s (R-Dover) legislation requiring individuals seeking a Class M junior driver’s license to complete a PennDOT-approved motorcycle safety course is now on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.
“This legislation is about the safety of young motorcyclists and everyone with whom they share the road,” said Grove. “Operating a motorcycle is very different than driving a car. The experience young riders gain from these free courses will better prepare them for the road.”
Grove noted that motorcyclists involved in crashes have extremely high rates of injury. Those involved in a multi-vehicle crash are injured 98 percent of the time. In 2010, 223 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania, up from 204 in 2009. Another 3,930 people were injured in motorcycle crashes.
House Bill 254 was amended in the Senate to reauthorize the Philadelphia Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) pilot program, which was set to expire today, through June 15, 2017. The legislation also allows for the expansion of the ARLE program into Pittsburgh and municipalities with populations exceeding 20,000 residents in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery. The expansion of ARLE would not apply to municipalities in York County.
Participating municipalities would work with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to determine which intersections to include. A municipality would be required to pass an ordinance to implement the program and would need to have a police department accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association to participate. The legislation does not compel eligible municipalities to participate.
A recent study of the Philadelphia ARLE showed that red light cameras reduced crashes at intersections in the program by up to 32 percent. Even rear-end crashes, which usually spike during the roll out of the program, tend to decrease from pre-ARLE levels after four years into the program.
“We all want to see fatalities and injuries from vehicle crashes reduced,” said Grove. “In the end, the goal of this legislation is to save lives.”
House Bill 254 is now awaiting the governor’s signature.
More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at www.RepGrove.com
State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley