Road safety group calls for Pa. to improve its highway safety laws

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 4, 2015 3:20 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A road safety group is calling for a change in state law to allow police to pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt.

A report from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety also takes issue with few state restrictions for teen drivers, and the lack of a uniform motorcycle helmet law.

Vice President Cathy Chase says the number of deaths on the roads is falling, but Pennsylvania is lagging behind the national average.

"There are decreases across the board, but if you look at it in comparison to other areas, it's not as strong."

In 2013, a little more more than 1,200 people were killed in traffic accidents across the state.

In Illinois, which has about the same population as the Keystone State but stronger traffic laws, 991 people were killed on the roads.

New York, with about seven million more residents, had about the same number of deaths on the roads as Pennsylvania.

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