State police announce accident prevention initiative

In an effort to be proactive in the approach to reducing traffic accidents and related injuries in Blair County, State police in Hollidaysburg continually review traffic accident data to identify current caustive factors and trends.
Inattentiveness on the part of drivers, coupled with excessive speed, are the most prevalent factors leading to recent crashes. Also, several accidents in construction zones have been noted.
Motorists are reminded to have increased cognizance of their surroundings while driving. Schools are out for the summer which means not only more kids walking and cycling along the roadways, but also means more young, inexperienced drivers operating vehicles on them.
Extra care and attention must be exercised in order to avoid a tragedy.
We are also in the midst of construction season on our roadways making it imperative that motorists pay attention to signage regarding speed and changes in traffic patterns, etc., as well as to traffic traveling ahead, being alert for sudden stops or construction workers and vehicles.
New laws have recently been enacted requiring the use of headlights in construction zones and increasing fines and license suspensions for operator’s who choose to violate speed limits in work zones.
Motorists are reminded that it is illegal to stop, stand or park any vehicle along a limited access highway unless authorized by official traffic control devices. This includes the median and entrance/exit ramps. This becomes a problem each year along Interstate 99 during 4th of July firework displays at local amusement parks. Traffic cones will be set up by the state Department of Transportation in the problem areas in an effort to prevent this.
Troopers with the authority to ticket and tow violator vehicles will also be stationed in the areas.
State police will utilize every available enforcement tool, especially during the 4th of July holiday period, including radar (both from conventional patrol vehicles, and non-conventional units such as construction vehicles, etc.), aerial observation, and sobriety/regulatory checkpoints in an effort to better monitor traffic and, in turn, to make the roadways safer by reducing the number and severity of traffic accidents.