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Safety Citizens Program

Become a Safety Citizen by partnering with PennDOT in encouraging others to practice safe behaviors on the road. This virtual community outreach program invites Pennsylvanians to express their creativity while responding to traffic safety questions posed bi-monthly. Every other month, we'll request a response using a different medium such as video, poem, drawing, and more. Selected responses will be shared on PennDOT's social media platforms.

We Want to Hear from You!

If you were hosting a holiday party, what steps would you take to ensure your guests avoid impaired driving? 

The holiday season is fast approaching, a time of year that brings parties and celebrations with family and friends. If alcohol will be a part of your celebration, it is important to have a plan in place for a safe ride home for you or your guests.

Kid Challenge: Draw a picture of your family safely celebrating the holiday and send us a digital copy at Safety Citizens

Submissions Due October 28, 2022

The Holiday Season Impaired Driving Campaign occurs November 23 through January 1

In 2020, 10% of all holiday crashes in Pennsylvania involved alcohol use; however, 29% of fatalities that occurred during holiday weekends were related to alcohol use.

Although alcohol-related fatalities account for nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania, impaired driving enforcement covers more than just alcohol impairment. Law enforcement also works to identify motorists impaired by drugs and prescription medication, or some combination of these.

Pennsylvania continues to enhance its drug-impaired enforcement by training officers in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and the Drug Recognition Expert programs.

There were 44,531 DUI arrests in Pennsylvania in 2021, an increase from the 40,237 arrests made in 2020. The number of DUI-drug arrests continues to be a concern, with 35,023 charges for driving under the influence of an impairing drug filed in 2021. This number has more than doubled from 15,445 charges ten years ago. PennDOT encourages you to always plan ahead by either designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation.


Submissions

  • Video responses should be no longer than 30 seconds with a file of size of no larger than 50MB. 

  • Original artwork should be submitted as a PDF, JPG, or PNG and the file should be no larger than 30MB. 

  • PennDOT reserves the right to not post a submission for any reason. If a submission is not used for a particular reason the participant will be contacted and given the option of sending a new submission. 

  • All submissions must be the original work of the submitter and must not infringe on the rights of third-parties, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights. By participating in the program, the participant accepts responsibility for any third-party intellectual property claims which may arise from the submission and agrees to hold PennDOT harmless from such claims.

  • PennDOT does not provide financial assistance for supplies, materials or other items associated with this program.


  • Submit Content

Past Topics:

Teen Driver Safety, Impaired Driving, Highway Safety Laws, Distracted Driving, and Many More!

Thank you everyone for your submissions! If you would like to view all the previous posts search #SafetyCitizens on Twitter and Facebook. 

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