State Police enforcement of travel restrictions during winter storm “Harper”
Pennsylvania State Police troopers say they were out in force over the weekend, working to keep travelers safe during Winter Storm “Harper.” In addition to responding to crashes and disabled vehicles, troopers also enforced commercial vehicle restrictions authorized by Governor Tom Wolf after Wolf declared an emergency.
With safety of the traveling public, road crews, and first responders a top priority, commercial vehicles were banned on most interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike beginning Saturday afternoon. The restrictions were announced 24 hours in advance to allow for drivers to prepare. The commercial vehicle ban was lifted as weather and conditions improved.
“Restricting high-profile vehicles during dangerous weather conditions helps to not only prevent traffic crashes, but also keep the highways clear for plow trucks and emergency vehicles,” said Major James Basinger, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol. “Statewide, troopers responded to 86 percent fewer commercial vehicle crashes compared to Winter Storm Avery, which struck Pennsylvania November 15-16, 2018.”
Troopers issued a total of 993 citations and 222 warnings to drivers who disregarded the commercial vehicle ban under §6108 of the vehicle code, which grants the Governor the ability to modify the vehicle code during a declared emergency.