PRINTER'S NO.  2949

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE BILL

 

No.

2119

Session of

2012

  

  

INTRODUCED BY PRESTON, GEIST, CALTAGIRONE, CHRISTIANA, DALEY, FABRIZIO, GERGELY, KORTZ, LAWRENCE, MAHONEY, MUSTIO, SIMMONS AND WHEATLEY, JANUARY 17, 2012

  

  

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, JANUARY 17, 2012  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated

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Statutes, in rules of the road in general, further providing

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for maximum speed limits; and, in powers of department and

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local authorities, further providing for regulation of

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traffic on Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Sections 3362(a) and (c)(1) and 6110(a) and (a.1)

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of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are

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amended to read:

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§ 3362.  Maximum speed limits.

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(a)  General rule.--Except when a special hazard exists that

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requires lower speed for compliance with section 3361 (relating

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to driving vehicle at safe speed), the limits specified in this

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section or established under this subchapter shall be maximum

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lawful speeds and no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in

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excess of the following maximum limits:

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(1)  35 miles per hour in any urban district.

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(1.1)  65 miles per hour for all vehicles on freeways

 


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where the department has posted a 65-miles-per-hour speed

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limit.

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(1.2)  25 miles per hour in a residence district if the

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highway:

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(i)  is not a numbered traffic route; and

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(ii)  is functionally classified by the department as

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a local highway.

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(1.3)  70 miles per hour for all vehicles on any portion

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of the Pennsylvania Turnpike where the Pennsylvania Turnpike

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Commission has posted a 70-miles-per-hour speed limit in

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accordance with section 6110(a) (relating to regulation of

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Pennsylvania Turnpike).

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(2)  55 miles per hour in other locations.

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(3)  Any other maximum speed limit established under this

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subchapter.

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(c)  Penalty.--

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(1)  Any person violating this section is guilty of a

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summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to

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pay a fine of:

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(i)  $42.50 for violating a maximum speed limit of 65

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miles per hour or 70 miles per hour; or

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(ii)  $35 for violating any other maximum speed

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limit.

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§ 6110.  Regulation of traffic on Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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(a)  General rule.--The provisions of this title apply upon

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any turnpike or highway under the supervision and control of the

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission unless specifically modified by

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rules and regulations promulgated by the commission which shall

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become effective only upon publication in accordance with law. A

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copy of the rules and regulations, so long as they are

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effective, shall be posted at all entrances to the turnpike or

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highway for the inspection of persons using the turnpike or

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highway. This section does not authorize the establishment of a

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maximum speed limit greater than 55 miles per hour, except that

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[a] 65-miles-per-hour and 70-miles-per-hour maximum speed

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[limit] limits for all vehicles may be established where the

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commission has posted a 65-miles-per-hour or 70-miles-per-hour 

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speed limit.

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(a.1)  Posting.--No maximum speed limit established under

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subsection (a)[(1) or (2)] shall be effective unless posted on

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fixed or variable official traffic-control devices erected after

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each interchange on the portion of highway on which the speed

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limit is in effect and wherever else the commission shall

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determine.

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Section 2.  One year after the effective date of this

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section, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission may conduct a

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review of traffic accidents and related statistics in areas

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along the turnpike where the speed limit was increased to 70

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miles per hour in accordance with 75 Pa.C.S. § 3754. Any such

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review and related statistics shall remain confidential and

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protected and shall be neither discoverable nor admissible in

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the same manner as reports prepared under 75 Pa.C.S. § 3754.

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Section 3.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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