A new study of Americans’ risk of dying by accident highlights two areas where the lives of more Pennsylvania motorists could be saved if Harrisburg lawmakers enacted tougher highway-safety rules.
In comparing state safety records, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation teamed with the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health to look at 10 factors, such as whether states enacted zero-tolerance laws for first-time drunk drivers.
Boasting the nation’s lowest rate of injury-related deaths, New Jersey scored seven out of 10 on the study’s “The Facts Hurt” checklist. But in Pennsylvania, where the injury death rate was above the national rate, only five boxes were checked.
While those factors don’t fully explain the varying safety records, it’s clear that Keystone State motorists would be safer if Harrisburg followed Trenton’s example by strengthening enforcement of seat-belt use and restoring the mandate that all motorcyclists wear helmets.