PA Safety Laws

There are several road signs that are in effect within PA, which you should always follow at all times behind the wheel. These road signs contribute to the safety laws in PA, of which there are several which all are as important as the next. Both these elements of driving in the state should be studied, understood, and remembered anytime you take the keys and decide to drive.

Road Signs

You can find all the road signs in the driver’s handbook, which is offered to all those interested through the PennDOT official website. Study these road signs and safety laws well as you should understand what you are bound by as a driver in the state. Pennsylvania's Driver's Manuals

Helmet Laws

  • Motorcycles: Any rider over 21 who has held driver’s license for at least 2 years or has successfully completed state-approved motorcycle safety training course does not have to wear a helmet. All other riders are required to use a helmet.
  • Bicycles: Any rider under the age of 12 is required to wear a helmet while riding on bike.

Headlight Laws

  • Motorcycles: Headlights are always required during day and night.
  • Bicycles: A bicycle is required to have white light visible at least 500 feet when rode at night.
  • Vehicles: Headlights are required between the hours of sunset and sunrise, as well as when windshield wipers are in use.

Cell Phone Use/Texting

Per March 2011, there have been no statewide bans against the use of your cell phone or texting while behind the wheel – however, there are different bans against hand-held cell phone use in different jurisdictions.

Child Seat/Safety Restraint Laws

  • All children under the age of 4 are required to be securely fastened into federally-approved child car seat or booster seat at all times when a passenger in a vehicle.
  • All children between the ages of 4 and 8 are required to ride securely fastened in a booster seat if the child safety seat is no longer large enough to safely accommodate the child when a passenger in any vehicle.
  • All children between 8 and 18 years of age are required to be securely fastened in the vehicle’s seat belt when a passenger of any vehicle.

Getting a car seat is easy, as you can shop in the local super stores, specialty shops, and even online to find great discounts and rebates.

Dangerous or Drunk Driver Reporting

If you think that a fellow driver on the road with you is operating a vehicle while drunk or are using dangerous maneuvers on the road, you must call 911. This includes prank driving or just wild driving, regardless of age. Make sure to provide police with the following:

  • Vehicle License Plate Number
  • Make and Model of Vehicle
  • Location of the Driver at Current
  • Direction Driver is Traveling

**Never try to subdue a vehicle by yourself.

Kids Left in Vehicles Alone

If you see that there is a child left alone in a vehicle and you feel for their safety due to weather conditions or environmental influences – such as a bad neighborhood – you must call 911 immediately. Stay with the vehicle until law enforcement arrives at the scene.

Pets Left in Vehicles Alone

If you find a pet that is left alone in a vehicle and you feel they are not safe, you should call the police or the animal control unit in your area to make sure that there is attention paid immediately. Stay with the vehicle until the appropriate authorities arrive.


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