HAVERFORD TWP., Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The hustle and bustle of the holidays will soon have a lot of people on the go, but Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Philadelphia-area police departments and others, want drivers to stop and think about safety before going out on the roads.
Haverford Township Police Chief John Viola says his and other departments will increase the number of safety and DUI checkpoints in effect during the holiday season to ensure everyone gets to their destinations safely.
“We don’t want to get those calls at 2 to 3 in the morning, or 11 o’clock at night, that another horrific crash happens in Delaware County,” Viola said.
The chief says his officers will also be enforcing Pennsylvania’s child passenger safety laws, which includes the use of proper car seats.
“Driving down the street you may see kids unrestrained in the car, and you think to yourself, ‘Why? Why are these parents allowing this to happen?’” he said.
“Children under the age of 2 must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children must ride in their appropriate booster seats until their eighth birthday.”
PennDOT’s Krys Johnson reminds drivers to take time to make sure everyone is property secured in the vehicle.
“During the busy Thanksgiving weekend, millions of Americans will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends,” Johnson said.
“What we are most thankful for this year? Seat belts.”
In 2020, almost 24,000 people were killed in passenger crashes in the United States, she said.
“About half of those killed were not wearing their seat belt. The facts don’t lie: 50% of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2020 were unrestrained. And 59% of those killed in backseat crashes were unrestrained.”
Other tips for drivers: Don’t drive while intoxicated, watch the speed limit, and don’t text while operating a moving vehicle.