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PennDOT Partners with PSP and PTC to Urge Responsible, Safe Driving ahead of “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” Day

October 18, 2022 04:00 PM
By: Jennifer Kuntch

Put the brakes on fatalities

PennDOT recently partnered with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) to encourage all Pennsylvania motorists to take responsibility for safety on our roadways and help “Put the Brakes on Fatalities.” The awareness day is observed annually on October 10. 

In 2019, traffic fatalities dropped to 1,059, the lowest since record keeping began in 1928. In 2020, even with less roadway traffic, fatalities increased to 1,129. In 2021, and in line with trends seen across the nation, traffic fatalities increased again, jumping by about 9% to 1,230. 

“Pennsylvania is not alone in seeing an increase in roadway deaths, but that doesn’t make it OK,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “In fact, everyone should find it unacceptable. Many traffic fatalities are completely preventable. We must work together – safety is everyone’s responsibility. We urge all drivers to follow these simple safety steps today and always: pay attention when you are behind the wheel, never drive impaired, slow down, and buckle up.” 

Along with nearly a dozen safety advocates from around the state, the partners released a video urging safe driving. You can watch the video PennDOT’s YouTube channel. 

To learn more about PennDOT’s safety initiatives, visit ​

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