Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has designated a 17-mile stretch of Route 30 between Jennerstown and Reels Corner to be a Highway Safety Corridor. It has earned this distinction as a result of high crash rates stemming from aggressive driving. Drivers along this stretch can expect more strict policing and heavier fines if they are caught speeding, driving aggressively, or driving under the influence. PennDOT District 9 Spokesperson Pam Kane says the move is an effort to lower the number of accidents and fatal crashes on the stretch. Since 2002, that area of the highway has been the scene of 15 deaths in a total of 11 fatal crashes.