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Don’t park on I-99 to watch Fourth of July fireworks

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police have issued a warning to motorists that parking or standing along Interstate 99 to watch the Fourth of July fireworks displays at area amusement parks is illegal.
Parking along interstate highways creates a potentially dangerous situation when motorists are slowing to pull onto the shoulder or are attempting to return to high speed traffic. The Pennsylvania vehicle code prohibits motorists from standing or parking a vehicle along any portion of a limited access highway, such as Interstate 99.
PennDOT will place orange cones along the shoulders of portions of Interstate 99 near the amusement parks to emphasize to motorists that parking along the highway is illegal.
The Pennsylvania State Police will also have increased patrols along I-99 during the fireworks displays at both DelGrosso’s Amusement Park near Tipton and Lakemont Park near Altoona.
Violators may have their vehicle towed immediately and could be cited for related traffic violations.
During the Fourth of July holiday, police across Pennsylvania will be targeting aggressive drivers. As a part of the Smooth Operator initiative, police patrols will crack down on speeders, tailgaters, and those driving aggressively.
For more information on Smooth Operator, go to www.smoothoperator.org.